What does a movie location tour guide do when he goes on vacation? Over the Christmas/New Year period, Nicole and I took a rare break and visited Oregon and Hawaii. This is the busiest time of year in New Zealand tourism and I’m usually working. Nicole hasn’t had Christmas with her family since 2005 so it was well overdue!
While in Oahu, we went looking for a location from Lost. We’re now re-watching the show (I know, lame!) and last night we found the location above! It was a small thrill to have that moment of recognition, and I realise I’ve actually done it a lot over the years. The shot above is from Season One of Lost, where some of the survivors are camped at the cave and the rest are living on the beach.
It seems that when I go on vacation I end up finding movie and TV locations too, whether on purpose or by accident. Here are a few of my favourites:
Vanishing Point (1971)
My first big find was during my first trip to the USA in 2004. I was driving through Nevada with friends when we stopped in a small desert town called Goldfields. I recognised a building and picked it without even knowing I was near a film location. That location was Super Soul’s Radio Station from Vanishing Point (1971). I couldn’t wait to see the movie again and piece it together. During the same trip we drove through Needles, CA which was also used in Vanishing Point.