Paramount Location Shooting Map

Posted in Side Topics at 4:13 pm by Sam

This has been making the rounds. Ambrosia Voyeur originally uploaded this to flickr.

Paramount Location Shooting Map

It’s a map used by Paramount in 1927 as a handy reference for where to go when you want to shoot a movie on location but don’t want to spend the money travelling all the way to wherever the story is set. Location scouting is an art unto itself and one we haven’t really talked about much on All Movie Talk. But I love snippets of movie lore like this. Thanks to wintermute for bringing this to my attention.


  1. Nyperold (116) said,

    May 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    That is pretty neat. I like how far away the Swiss Alps are from Switzerland, and that to get from Spain to its coast, the most direct route is past the Malay Coast, Lon Island Sound, Holland, Venice, the South Sea Islands (!), and Wales. Also of note is South Africa and the Sahara: want to get from one to the other? Cross the Red Sea!

  2. joem18b (231) said,

    May 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    correct me if i’m wrong, but warner brothers had a different view of the world, as for them sherwood forest was situated north of anything on the paramount map (up above the mississippi river, that is).

  3. Nyperold (116) said,

    May 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I just had a thought. If they’re using part of the coast of California as a stand-in for the New England Coast, I wonder if they shot morning scenes in the evening and vice versa, because if they filmed where you could see the sun and the ocean, and did so at the “right” time of day, the position of the sun would totally give away that you weren’t actually shooting there.

  4. joem18b (231) said,

    May 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Yes, the sun is slowly rising in the east and then some birds go by, flying backwards.

  5. joem18b (231) said,

    May 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    …and the majestic waves roll out and unbreak…

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.