Post by DI Alex Drake on Apr 30, 2018 22:43:19 GMT
How on earth do you work it out? I mean some are fairly simple, I suppose, like Stopford House. Then I guess there will be a few mentioned in clips and the books etc but when you’re literally pinning down back streets and one of what must be hundreds of red brick terraces in a city that you don’t live in ...??
Sometimes in life you can't help which way you fall.
Location spotting can be relatively easy if there are key landmarks or premises in the background that can offer up the clues. They will give you some perspective to work from and with some approximation you are able to work out the location. Years ago that would mean trawling the streets themselves to determine the actual location.
The access nowadays to Google maps, streetview, etc can make spotting easier if those landmarks remain. But for every (relatively) easy location to find there are others that seem almost impossible and can take hours and hours over many evenings to search maps, Google images, old maps, anything to find the elusive clues to finally pinpoint with certainty.
I have done it on numerous occasions and you do get a huge sense of achievement when you finally pinpoint that elusive location. Gene on the other hand has taken it to a whole new level and the number of locations he has found for so many TV programs and films is truly astounding. He certainly has got more patience and dedication for it than many of us have.
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
Well put Sam. Whenever I've found a location I've either just visited it or if I photograph it I'll do it as an approximate guide to the one on the film/TV programme... Gene you get it right and exact mate and it's brilliant to be a part of some of the locations you've discovered and put on the site mate.
I worked on a couple of episodes from Series 1 of "Life on Mars".
Where items couldn't be covered up on set, it would be done in Post-Production.
Some (not many) exterior scenes had a large majority of the backgrounds removed and replaced with buildings suiting the period. One had an old ABC / Odeon style cinema put in.
A fellow electrician - and much older than me, served his apprenticeship in the early 70s with AFA-Minerva; one of the largest Intruder Alarm installers in the UK.
He pointed out to an Art Director - that back in 1973, it would be rare to see a domestic house with a Burglar Alarm (as they were expensive). And a large majority of shops wouldn't have them either for the same reasons.
Back then - you only really seem them on Banks, Post Offices, Jewellers, Wherehouses/Shops containing expensive goods.
The Chippies had to made wooden boxes to cover and mask out a majority of modern Alarm boxes. Though - there are still a few more modern ones lurking just here and there.
But as most of those shots used short depth lenses (to hide the background) - you can't really see them, unless you know they are there!
Frightened by Horror Films? - Just remember, BEHIND the camera stand even more horrifying individuals moaning about the Catering food, the hours they work and quoting Union Rules... that's just the Electricians.