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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Any exotic foreign locale in a TV series or film is, due to budget or danger to the cast, likely to actually be somewhere in California, such as Kirk's Rock. For British sci-fi shows, it's "Quarry Doubling" — any desolate alien planet is usually a quarry (usually the BBC Quarry) within a couple of hours' drive from London — or Doubling for London.
One of the most famous examples of this is in Star Trek (and all subsequent series), in which every planet they land on looks exactly like the deserts of southern California, the redwood forests of Northern California, or the mountains of Central California (assuming it isn't a studio cyclorama instead). Oh, and from time to time the script might call for a beach. Any ideas?
This is actually one of the main reasons why Hollywood and the Los Angeles area became the capital of American filmmaking.note The primary reason was Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company required filmmakers to pay exorbitant licensing fees to make films. Most did not pay, so they set up shop in the Los Angeles area, and if Edison's patent enforcement thugs found them, the Mexican Border was only a hundred miles away. The varied locales within two or three hours drive (desert, beach, mountains, farm land), along with the consistent year-round good weather, made Southern California ideal for making movies.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })California is not the only place that has done this. The Canadian province of British Columbia, between the metropolis of Vancouver and its vast mountain forests and oceans nearby, has become the third-largest film production center in North America thanks partly to its ability to stand in for the Pacific Northwest (usually Seattle or Portland) or any small, rural town in the northern half of the US. Another Canadian city, Toronto, has doubled for cities such as New York City and Chicago more times than it has actually represented itself. Utah has been Vulcan, Mars, and the Old West. Georgia and Louisiana have represented not just the Old South, but also modern Midwestern suburbia, northern industrial cities, and the jungles of Africa and South America. State and national governments know this, and frequently offer generous tax credits to lure film and television productions to their locales, to the point where even California itself has started offering its own tax incentives to keep Hollywood filming near, well, Hollywood.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })The main reason is that a production crew not only includes a cameraman, director and actors; there are usually at least two or three dozen people working on prepping a location, providing the appropriate light and transporting the equipment to film a scene. Moving everyone, especially on a weekly television budget, is sometimes implausible even if said location is willing to permit filming. Other times, the actual location is not an option for security and or political reasons. Even in the most general sense, many cities are averse to blocking off the entire downtown for weeks on end, and so some sequences are film in piecemeal, getting a couple vintage shots of actors near landmarks and then finding a more practical location to film the rest.
Another time that this may be necessary is if the original location (and this is true especially for period pieces) no longer looks like what it did in story. While obviously it might be a bit difficult filming an ancient Rome in Rome itself, as the city resembles Caesar's city in name only, even the London of today is quite different from the London of Victorian times through the early part of the twentieth century (thanks in no small part to the Luftwaffe). This makes some doubling in another city more valuable simply because that location actually looks more period-accurate note Görlitz, a city of less than 100 000 at the easternmost border of Saxony with Poland has stood in for numerous other cities, because it was left nearly unscathed by the war and has seen few urban planners trying to rebuild the whole thing according to their vision since. Conversely, filming in a story set Twenty Minutes In The Future will have its own problems because to make a location seem futuristic would require a lot of construction and visual effects anyway.
Of course, this can lead to Television Geography, as well as Misplaced Wildlife, Misplaced Vegetation, and It's Always Spring. In many cases, the average viewer may not be familiar with the location in question, but it can end up bugging those viewers who have been or actually live in those locations. Also take into account that any production wants to Shoot the Money, and may choose a more scenic place to film instead of the less impressive place it actually is.
This can have a very odd effect the first time one visits southern California. Upon seeing for the first time those scrub-covered hills and twisty roads, one gets a truly unearthly sense of deja vu. Have I been here before, you ask yourself? Then you realize that you have... on TV! For those who live in southern California, it is amusing to point out places one recognizes from TV shows. The most used location is Griffith Park, whose scrabble mountains can be seen in nearly every 1950's "jungle" movie and M*A*S*H.
This can lead to The Mountains of Illinois when the setting is full of Critical Research Failures.
The easiest way to subvert California Doubling is to simply have the setting actually be California (usually Los Angeles/Burbank, which is both near Hollywood and where a good chunk of the television industry is actually located). Indeed, many television shows, especially sitcoms, do exactly that. And even a show that isn't normally set in California can have its characters go there for an episode or two; see Filming Location Cameo.
Contrast with Canada Does Not Exist, where the shooting location actually affects the storyline.
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Code Red: the Rubicon Conspiracy was set in the jungles of Africa, but filmed in Australia.
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On the other hand, Hamilton and Brantford doubled for Winnipeg in The Tracey Fragments.
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An odd web comic exists in Ansem Retort. For some background, it's a sprite comic based off Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. For the most part, backgrounds for that game are used for scenery. There are two instances of a background being repeated:
The Destiny Islands background has been used as both the scenery for Mexico and the scenery for Hawaii.
The background for a room in Alice in Wonderland was used for both an undisclosed location in Eastern Europe and a hotel room in London, England.
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Happy Days is set in Milwaukee, but was shot entirely in Hollywood, California. The same can be said about it's spinoffs.
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As Sherlock is also produced by BBC Wales, Cardiff has doubled for parts of London in that show as well. However, location shoots requiring distinct London or Devonshire scenery were shot in the corresponding places, averting this trope. (The Devonshire village seen in one episode is still actually Welsh, though.)
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Pretty Little Liars has the rare distinction of getting two entries in this trope (see also California Doubling: Live-Action TV above), as the pilot was filmed in Vancouver.
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Much of the theme park in Beverly Hills Cop III were filmed nowhere near Beverly Hills - still in California, but farther north. Most of the theme park scenes were filmed at California's Great America in Santa Clara, just south of San Francisco.
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The adaptation of Room was shot in Toronto, which stood in for Akron, Ohio. The Prince Edward Viaduct and the Don Valley Parkway can be seen out of a hospital window, and the brief skating scene near the end was shot at the rink at Nathan Phillips Square, with the concrete arches over the rink visible.
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In GoldenEye, Cuba is actually Puerto Rico, the Russian dam from the opening is in Switzerland, and many St. Petersburg externals are in London. The train scenes were filmed on the Nene Valley Railway in Cambridgeshire, also the scene of filming for the circus train scene in Octopussy.
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Pokémon Detective Pikachu primarily uses real locations in London for the fictional Ryme City, modified with props and CGI to make them look like a part of the Pokémon universe. (As a side effect, this means cars in Ryme City drive on the left.) A lot of outdoor scenes outside the city limits were filmed in the Scottish Highlands, including Glen Nevis.
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The art deco facade of the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant has appeared in several movies and TV series, usually as either the villains' lair (The Pretender, Mutant X, Undercover Brother) or an insane asylum (In the Mouth of Madness, RoboCop: The Series).
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The sequel, Shock Treatment specifies Denton to be in America but was filmed in Wembley, England.
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Gunga Din, an adventure film set in Northen India, used the exact same locations as many Hopalong Cassidy movies. Supposedly, even some genuine Indians were tricked into thinking the movie had been filmed in India.
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In the Missing in Action movies, Vietnam is played by the Philippines in the first (which was actually the second) and third movies, while Mexico and the Caribbean island of St. Kitts took the "role" in the second (which was the first).
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Royal Pains is set in The Hamptons and shot mostly in The Hamptons (the producers try to keep all the location filming on Long Island, at least).
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Doctor Zhivago was shot with different Spanish locations (especially in the province of Soria) standing for Siberia. Soria, as well as among others La Pedriza and La Ciudad Encantada, have also doubled as Cimmeria in the first Conan the Barbarian (1982) movie.
Interestingly, the makers of Doctor Zhivago actually tried to get permission to film in the Soviet Union. You wouldn't think they'd have bothered, seeing how the original novel was already banned in the Soviet Union, but maybe they wanted to be sure.
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Return to Oz was entirely filmed in England. The Kansas scenes are actually located on Salisbury Plain.
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Nashville also averts this trope except when it leaves the title city - in "I'm Sorry For You, My Friend" Nashville plays San Diego (thus taking California Doubling to its logical conclusion), Atlanta, Austin and itself. (Even here there's an exception, as noted in the Aversions folder.)
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The conspicuous desert that is supposed to pass for small town Indiana in North by Northwest is actually near Bakersfield.
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Dark Angel, set in a 20 Minutes into the Future Seattle was almost entirely filmed in Vancouver. The only shots not filmed there were the opening sequence ones that had the space needle in them.
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Many of the exterior shots in the first season of Gilmore Girls were filmed in Unionville, Ontario, which can be weird during a rewatch of the series as the Stars Hollow scenes were filmed in Burbank for the rest of the series.
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Both The Cosby Show and The Cosby Mysteries were set and filmed in New York (Bill Cosby hated working in Hollywood).
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The Titanic (1996) miniseries was shot there - despite the fact the actual ship sunk on the other side of North America!
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The Philippines doubled for Vietnam in Apocalypse Now and a biker film called The Losers.
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Alias did this practically every episode. So often in fact, a DVD featurette was called "From Burbank [home of a number of studios in LA] to Barcelona".
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Angel had a few episodes supposedly set in places like Rome and U.K. For the U.K. one, they went to a forested area of northern California but were still disappointed at how little it looked like the English countryside. Minutes before they were to film, however, a fog bank rolled in and gave the setting a much more UK feel.
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The fourth-season premiere of Bones was set and filmed in London. However, the show set in Washington, D.C., with special locations such as Washington State, Las Vegas, and New Orleans, has NEVER left California to shoot any of those episodes. An episode set in Baltimore, complete with Baltimore accents ("Welcome to Bawlmer"), had the opening scene was clearly filmed at the Sepulveda Dam.
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The Washington Sentinels in The Replacements (2000) played their home games in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Also, the Sentinels' only road game in the film was shot at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins.
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A horrifying example of California Doubling in the United States was the short-lived Fox series Drive. The series started in Florida, going through Georgia, and through the desert of southern California every step of the way. Florida has no mountains, period, end of discussion.
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Fargo is set in Minnesota, as the opening title cards make abundantly clear. The show is filmed in Alberta, despite Minnesota having its own film industry.
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The Girls episode "The Return" has Hannah go back to her family in what purports to be East Lansing, Michigan. This bit was actually shot in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York, a suburban area just a bit north of New York City; it certainly looks like nothing like East Lansing (for one thing, it's too hilly).
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Greek: Set in central Ohio. Filmed in Southern California. You can tell because It's Always Spring, and winters in Ohio have been known to kill people.
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Prophecy is based on Maine, when it was actually shot in New Columbia of Canada. It also popularized the Canada Doubling.
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Psych is filmed in parts of British Columbia, including Vancouver, though the show is set in... southern California.
This occasionally leads to the hilarious scene of Shawn, Gus, and the other main characters walking around in southern California garb whilst random people in the background are clearly wearing parkas.
It's actually lampshaded at the end of the episode Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire. The episode was set in London, but Gus remarks "we might as well have been in British Colombia" since he and Shawn didn't get to see much of the city.
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Castle is set in New York. Only the pilot was actually filmed there. The episode set in Los Angeles takes advantage of that fact.
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The American version of Skins was filmed in Toronto with the setting left ambiguous so American viewers could imagine it in their city. Unfortunately, they didn't bother to cover up some local signage on bus stops.
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Smash is both set and filmed in New York City - but like 30 Rock above, scenes set outside NYC are doubled (when Karen flies to her home state of Iowa in "Enter Mr. DiMaggio," the Hawkeye State is played by a New York suburb).
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Gemenc forest (Hungary) doubles frequently for other forests (such as in the Robin Hood series or in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire).
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Their next project Treme is set and filmed in New Orleans.
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Some Like It Hot had its two musician protagonists run away to Florida to perform with their mutual Love Interest's band; the actual beach and hotel they were at was really on Mission Beach in San Diego. In fact, if one were to visit the hotel there, you could find photos of the cast and parts of the movie in the hotel's lobby.
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Combat!, while set in WWII France, did most of its non-backlot shooting in Griffith Park, specifically Bronson Canyon.
Some insert shots from a few season 4 episodes actually were shot around Loire, France, but they're very much the exception.
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In the movie Love Actually, Colin travels to the city of Milwaukee, WI. However, the airport shown has a sign that says "Milwaukee International Airport" (the real one is "Mitchell Int'l"). The bar he goes to has California license plates and prominent Budweiser signs. Milwaukee is the home of Miller brewery, the chance of finding a bar that looks like that are slim to none.
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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is set in New Jersey, but most of the movie was shot in Canada. The White Castle in the end was actually constructed on site because there are no White Castles in Canada.
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Dexter took place in Miami, but was filmed mostly in Long Beach, CA.
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia moves out to Philadelphia to film every season.
However, see under the California heading - a lot of the interiors and some exteriors are filmed in California.
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The Simpsons: In the episode "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play," the show-within-a-show "Hunch" is set in New York, but filmed in Lethbridge, Alberta.
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Tess of the Storm Country (1914) features the cliffs of the California coast doing a hilariously bad job doubling as the Finger Lakes of upstate New York.
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Many of the exterior shots in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are clearly set in the Los Angeles area, with only a wider establishing shot to set it as someplace else.
In "Girl in the Flower Dress", Los Angeles' Chinatown doubles as Hong Kong.
And the secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy in "Seeds" is apparently located in downtown Los Angeles, with City Hall visible in the background.
The Japanese garden in Okinawa from "A Fractured House" is actually a Chinese garden in San Marino, California.
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Averted in The Jackal, which had an extended portion filmed, and somewhat arbitrarily set, in Montreal. However, in the climactic chase scene at the end, the Montreal metro stood in for the Washington Metro.
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon filmed its climactic battle in Chicago and they actually had entire portions of Chicago blocked off for filming. Played straight for the scenes on the moon though.
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Inspector Gadget 2 is set in the fictional Riverton, Ohio but was filmed in and around Brisbane, Australia with an Australian supporting cast. The commentary track on the DVD notes that actors would occasionally lapse back into their natural Australian accents.
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The show Eureka takes place in the fictional town of Eureka (which is not the same as the actual city of Eureka, CA), but is filmed in a variety of locations outside Vancouver.
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The movie The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (a comedy which revolves around a Soviet submarine running aground in Massachusetts) was filmed in California.
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An interesting example from Full House. The show is set in San Francisco, but anytime they do on location filming it's apparent they filmed in Los Angeles, where the show was filmed. This is averted in the season eight premiere where they actually filmed on location in San Francisco.
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While Titanic (1997) does include footage from the actual shipwreck, and there was some filming in the Northern Atlantic where the ship sunk (the Canadian province of Nova Scotia), most of it was actually done in the Pacific Ocean - mostly Mexico, using Fox's studios and a huge water tank.
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Assuming this is a good example of California Doubling, Fresno, a miniseries that parodied Dallas and shows like it, was mostly filmed in Los Angeles. The first 1 1/2 days, however, were spent filming in the actual city of Fresno. However, due to the extreme 100-degree heat, production moved 205 miles down south.
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Fringe is set in Boston, and has shot there for the first season (as Boston is trying to make the city more hospitable to film and TV shoots). However, the creators have admitted that filming had to move to Vancouver in season 2 for budget reasons.
After moving there, it resulted in moments that could inspire massive rage in Bostonians, like a evergreen-filled suburban neighborhood being identified as Beacon Hill◊
The show has been mocked constantly in Boston for shots like this. It's a little baffling since they keep insisting on citing specific Boston landmarks, instead of just not mentioning the setting very often.
The Alternate Universe Fringe Division is based in the (very cool looking) Vancouver Public Library.
Whenever the series needed a train station, Pacific Central Station would get used. The same station was used to double for Boston South Station as well as two alternate universe versions of Newark Penn Station (as well as a few unspecified commuter stations). This leads to some interesting scenes, such as vintage stainless steel railroad equipment being used to double for external shots of commuter cars (even while more modern equipment is used for the interior shots)...though the coffee shop where Fauxlivia gets her coffee in Newark is still operational.
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Battlefield 4 has a particularly amusing (and possibly self-referential) instance, where the fourth mission is explicitly stated to take place in Singapore, but if you pay attention you'll notice that the actual level geography is almost identical to that for the multiplayer level Siege of Shanghai.
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This speaks true of their other films, too: The Big Lebowski is explicitly Los Angeles; Fargo is Fargo, North Dakota; No Country for Old Men was filmed and set near the Texas-Mexico border; and O Brother, Where Art Thou? is steeped in Depression-era Mississippi.
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The Marine was mostly shot in Queensland, Australia but set in South Carolina.
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The Matrix series again; the beginning of the highway chase battle in Reloaded was filmed on the streets of Oakland and transitioned to a fabricated set in neighboring Alameda by including a quick shot inside the underwater tunnel connecting the two cities.
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Heroes does a pretty good job of making Los Angeles locations double for New York, Las Vegas, India, Japan, etc. It's helped by frequent use of CGI backgrounds.
Though it is worth noting that anyone who actually lives in Odessa, Texas will laugh hysterically at the idea that said city is anywhere near as green and hilly] as it's seen on Heroes.
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Road House takes place in Missouri (At least, it's implied. They don't say whether "outside Kansas City" meant Kansas City, Missouri, or Kansas City, Kansas). However, during the scene where the car dealership gets smashed up, there are signs for Los Angeles and Bakersfield in the background.
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Jane the Virgin, like Dexter, has Long Beach substitute in Miami. Lampshaded in the chirons for an episode about Rogelio's reality show: "Shot in Costa Rica (actually Miami [actually Long Beach])"
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The Wonderful World Of Disney's three-part production "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" averts this, particularly notable as it was made in '63, and instead filmed it in England.
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Rescue 911 rarely, if ever used this trope. One of the few examples was in "Runaway Truck" - the actual incident recreated was in Nova Scotia but according to a YouTube comment by the daughter of one of the truckers involved the episode was shot in California.
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The Fox cop series The Good Guys is both set and filmed in Dallas, also using local talent in small roles.
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The Good Wife is set in Chicago and filmed in New York. It's hid pretty well by the fact that much of the filming is in done the outer boroughs. The writers clearly didn't do much research regarding Chicago geography, but that's a whole other trope.
They did find out the executions of Death Row prisoners are often carried out in Indiana, though, because Terre Haute, IN has a Federal execution chamber, and so Death Penalty appeals lawyers pleading cases in Illinois are often from Indiana. That was a nice touch of Doing the Research.
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House of Wax (2005) was shot in Queensland, with areas around the Gold Coast doubling rather unconvincingly for Louisiana.
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Graceland takes place in California, but is actually filmed in Florida, creating a strange inversion of this trope. You can see this in many shots, when there are no mountains where there should be some.
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The Dukes of Hazzard originally averted this early on, shooting in and around Atlanta and Covington, Georgia; however, the remainder of the series was shot in Southern California.
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Kyle XY
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Resident Evil: Apocalypse features several things to make Torontonians grin. Perhaps the most obvious of which is the nuke that just so happens to explode right on City Hall (the recognizable dual curved towers). Other fun features include the fact the film makers neglected to airbrush out the CN Tower, numerous logos on buildings on the Bay St. area and the Toronto Sun logo on the sides of several paperboxes.
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Batman Begins and The Dark Knight took place in the fictional Gotham City, of course, but clearly were filmed in Chicago. To the extent that some fans take it for granted that Gotham City is the Nolanverse's equivalent of Chicago. Much of the first film was also filmed in England (the fields surrounding Wayne Manor and what's left of it after it's burned down are clearly not in the US).
Chicago also doubles for Hong Kong in The Dark Knight: when Fox is talking with Lau on the roof of Lau's Hong Kong office, you can clearly see Chicago's McCormick Place in the background.
Elements of Gotham City from both films (and presumably the third) were also built in the massive disused airship hangars at RAF Cardington, Bedfordshire, England, in a weird case of this trope.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Chicago stopped doubling for Gotham. Instead, Pittsburgh, New York City, and Los Angeles were used.
Notably from Pittsburgh is the usage of Heinz Field, the home stadium of the Steelers, as the home stadium of the Gotham Rogues. Other parts are represented by Los Angeles.
In the same film, the Highlands of Scotland doubled for Uzbekistan, of all places (the Scenery Porn during Bane's plane heist). This was incredibly obvious to anyone who lived nearby or who visits regularly. Not that anyone is complaining.
Even more, whatever wasn't filmed in Pittsburgh or Los Angeles was filmed in New York City due to Mayor Michael Bloomberg being a fan of the series (not to mention a subtle tribute to the fact that Gotham, is, in fact, one of the DC Universe's homages to New York along with Metropolis; the Nolanverse even has such things as the police cars using a livery inspired by the one used by the NYPD in the 1990s). Notably, Bane's attack on the Gotham Stock Exchange had exterior filming on the same street as the New York Stock Exchange; and the final battle that takes up most of the film's final act has locations such as Saks Fifth Avenue clearly visible during car chases revolving around a jury-rigged nuclear bomb.
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Haywire, which otherwise averts this trope (the movie's Ireland and Spain settings were indeed filmed there), has New Mexico playing New York State.
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House of Cards (UK) indulged in doubling, using Manchester Town Hall for The Houses of Parliament internal shots. This was half because the town hall was designed to be a perfect replica of parliament in some areas, and partially because getting permits and time to film in the actual parliament buildings is problematic at best.
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House of Cards (US) is set in Washington DC, with parts in exotic locales like China, St. Louis, New York, Kansas City and California. But due to high costs of filming in Washington, nearly all location shots (and some interiors like restaurants and hearing rooms) are done in the Baltimore area, which is cheaper to shoot in and much closer to the show's sets in Joppa, northeast of Baltimore City.
Averted in the second season when one plotline does take place in Joppa.
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Community takes place in Colorado, which apparently has palm trees and a rather mild winter.
Possibly lampshaded in "Comparative Religion" where an outdoor 'Winter Wonderland' display was fueled by a snowmaking machine (which came in handy as a weapon).
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Scenic Lithuania doubles for Merrie Olde England in The New Adventures of Robin Hood.
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Averted by both the original and the remake of Hawaii Five-O, which meant in the case of the latter that Danial Dae Kim didn't have to move.
The original averted it so much so that those episodes which weren't "Filmed entirely on location in Hawaii" (like the two-parter "Once Upon a Time") don't carry that credit.
Double subverted in the opening scene of the remake's first episode, which is set in South Korea, but filmed in Hawaii.
And then again in "Ua Hopu", where the scenes with Steve and Wo Fat set in Japan (with the exception of the aerial shots) were filmed in, you guessed it, Hawaii.
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Nikita was mainly filmed in Toronto and the surrounding Ontario area, which doubled for a very wide variety of locales, including New York City, rural New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Russia, Belarus, China, Mexico, the Netherlands, and many more.
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The Amazing Spider Man 2, however, is notably the first film in the franchise to be filmed entirely in New York and the surrounding areas; making it the largest production to be filmed in the city.
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You'd think a movie named Chicago would be shot in the eponymous city, wouldn't you? Nope, it's mostly Ontario. Naturally, this annoyed many Chicago viewers. When asked what he thought of the movie Chicago, Mayor Daley replied, "I would have liked it better if it had been filmed in Chicago!" To a Toronto viewer who didn't see it as a big deal, Chicago film critic Roger Ebert retorted, "If a musical named 'O Canada' were currently being filmed in Chicago, how would that make you feel?"
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Little Sweetheart is based off of a book set in France, is a UK film with mostly American actors, was filmed in Florida and is set in Texas. Why they didn't just set it in Florida, seeing as they used an entire real Florida town, is beyond us.
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St. Louis (mostly East St. Louis, but some on the other side of the river) also doubled for New York on Escape from New York as parts of the area had suffered enough damage to make for a convincing post-apocalyptic setting. A number of the shooting locations have since been restored or rebuilt.
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John Adams takes place in various parts of colonial United States, including Philadelphia and Boston. However, the entire mini-series (save the European scenes) was shot in the state of Virginia. This troper was even an extra, and in one day filmed scenes that took place in BOTH Philadelphia and Boston, while the filming itself was done in Williamsburg, VA. However, the scenes taking place in Europe were shot on-location.
Was also an extra in the TV movie "Killing Kennedy", which was also shot in the Richmond VA area, despite the scenes taking place mostly in Dallas, TX circa 1963. Richmond also doubled for New Orleans, Washington DC, Russia, and Mexico City while stock footage was used for key aerial shots.
Also Turn is filmed in Central Virginia, despite taking place in the Revolutionary-era Northeast (centering on the Long Island town of Setauket, but frequently venturing to New York City, rural Connecticut and New Jersey, and even to Philadelphia for a few episodes). Virginia is basically known for being the filming site of a whole bunch of historical period pieces, regardless of where they actually occurred, mostly because Virginia has good tax breaks and because Virginia has an embarrassment of colonial sites to film at, while the Northeastern sites are frequently covered over by development (try to shoot scenes of Washington's New Jersey camps close to their locations in Morris County and it'll be hard not to accidentally get a McMansion, a modern paved road, or an office park in the background).
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Under the Dome is set in Maine but is filmed in Southport, Wilmington, and Burgaw, North Carolina.
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An interesting side-effect of Toronto doubling is that there's a certain amount of spill-over to Hamilton, a city that has a certain level of industrial grunge that Toronto proper lacks. Various scenes in, for example, The Incredible Hulk movie mentioned above, were actually filmed there instead of Toronto. Basically, Hamilton is doubling (tripling?) for Toronto in these cases.
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The Paris half of Highlander the Series was filmed in and set in Paris.
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Diamonds Are Forever mostly averts this as a good chunk of it was actually filmed in Las Vegas. However the scene where Bond is riding the elevator to Whyte's penthouse was filmed in Pinewood Studios. And the first scene with Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd which took place in the South African desert was shot within the Vegas city limits.
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Hungary is also the location for Cadfael, presumably since most of England doesn't have that undeveloped medieval look any more.
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Roadtrip is supposed to be set in Ithaca, New York; however, the film was mostly shot in Georgia primarily around Atlanta and Athens on the campuses of Georgia Tech, Emory University, and the University of Georgia. One of the college tour scenes was filmed in Sanford Stadium with UGA's "G" logo visible on the field.
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Arrested Development is set in Newport Beach and Balboa Island, but is filmed primarily in Culver City and Marina del Rey. The use of Culver Ciy locations that are less frequently used in other shows and their similar geography (both in Southern California, in neighbouring counties) make for some fairly effective doubling, only appearing especially jarring to some Newport Beach natives.
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The Pink Panther and its series avert this most of the time (i.e., filming on location), but A Shot in the Dark was specifically filmed in Borehamwood at MGM's British Studios. The biggest evidence of this is a scene where Inspector Clouseau runs through a room, out the window and into the Seine — which was just a large tank filled with thousands of gallons of water.
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Oblivion (2013) is set in New York City and New York State, but it was filmed (for the most part) on location in Iceland. Justified in that the Alien Invasion and subsequent war has turned the place unrecognizable except for some remaining landmarks.
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The TV miniseries The Lost Room has a scene set in Las Vegas. In one take, an Albuquerque bus drives past; in another, the Sandia Mountains - what Albuquerque has to the west instead of a skyline - are clearly visible.
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Spider-Man Trilogy:
The "L" train battle, and following train-stopping scene in Spider-Man 2 was filmed on the Chicago 'L', despite the fact that the movie takes place in New York. (While there are L trains in the Big Apple, they're all located in the less-photogenic outer boroughs rather than in Manhattan.) Really, only the overhead shots were filmed in Chicago — most of the rest was CGI. Loved seeing obvious Chicago 2200 series trains (now retired as of 2013) with fake New York line names/terminals, though.
The Sandman Chase in Spider-Man 3 was done in Cleveland.
Parts of all three movies were shot in Los Angeles.
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In The Dark Knight Rises, Chicago stopped doubling for Gotham. Instead, Pittsburgh, New York City, and Los Angeles were used.
Notably from Pittsburgh is the usage of Heinz Field, the home stadium of the Steelers, as the home stadium of the Gotham Rogues. Other parts are represented by Los Angeles.
In the same film, the Highlands of Scotland doubled for Uzbekistan, of all places (the Scenery Porn during Bane's plane heist). This was incredibly obvious to anyone who lived nearby or who visits regularly. Not that anyone is complaining.
Even more, whatever wasn't filmed in Pittsburgh or Los Angeles was filmed in New York City due to Mayor Michael Bloomberg being a fan of the series (not to mention a subtle tribute to the fact that Gotham, is, in fact, one of the DC Universe's homages to New York along with Metropolis; the Nolanverse even has such things as the police cars using a livery inspired by the one used by the NYPD in the 1990s). Notably, Bane's attack on the Gotham Stock Exchange had exterior filming on the same street as the New York Stock Exchange; and the final battle that takes up most of the film's final act has locations such as Saks Fifth Avenue clearly visible during car chases revolving around a jury-rigged nuclear bomb.
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Every single scene of Sense8 was shot in the location being depicted, and with a cast of characters scattered across the globe this meant a lot of location-hopping. The crew even went as far as filming a scene set during a flight from England to Iceland during the actual flight they took between the two locations. Unfortunately this lead to a truly enormous budget, often quoted as $9 million per episode, which played a large part in it being cancelled after two seasons.
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Inverted in the HBO miniseries version of Mildred Pierce, where New York doubles as Depression-Era California. Fortunately many LA buildings were modeled on ones in NY, and there's even some California-style bungalows built so CA-based actors could feel at home — all they needed was a sunny day and a greenhouse's-worth of tropical plants!
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The Mechanic (1972): Some scenes were actually filmed on location in New Orleans. However, New Orleans also happened to double for Chicago, Houston and Colombia.
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Ugly Betty is set in New York but was shot in LA for it's first two seasons (except the pilot, which was shot on-location). The first episode of season three after they moved filming to New York simply reveled in shooting outdoors.
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The 100 has the woods of British Columbia double for what's left of Washington, DC a century after a global nuclear war.
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All Wrong Turn films are set in West Virginia, but first two movies were shot in Canada and the third one was shot in Bulgaria.
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The entirety of The Pacific was filmed in various locations Victoria. It doubles for everything from Guadalcanal and Pelieliu to Mobile, Alabama, and California. It's also averted when the Marines actually go to Melbourne on Liberty.
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The outdoors scenes of Los Angeles in the original Total Recall were actually Mexico City; ostensibly because the design, cleanliness and architecture of Mexico City's subway stations have a futuristic look to them. Many other exterior shots were filmed in public roadways and plazas. The rest of the movie was filmed in Estudios Churubusco soundstages.
The 2012 film on the other hand was obviously filmed in Toronto. the subway at one point is supposed to be the London Underground, but is blatantly the Toronto subway system.
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The 2012 film on the other hand was obviously filmed in Toronto. the subway at one point is supposed to be the London Underground, but is blatantly the Toronto subway system.
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Also, the Hearst Castle in Central California. The Greek Revival pool, for example, was used to portray Crassus' war camp in Spartacus.
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Romania stands in for Merrie Old England in the Made-for-TV Movie Princess of Thieves.
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4, 5, and 6 were filmed in Utah, the final original film was shot in Vancouver, and the sequel to Zombie's reimageing was mostly filmed in Atlanta, Georgia (with some additional filming in Connecticut and LA).
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"St. Louis, Missouri" in the Supernatural episode "Skin" looks very Canadian, with pine trees along the highway that is supposedly outside St. Louis (which does have some pine trees, but the deciduous trees dominate them, since their numbers are far more vast). Also, with "Home", Kansas isn't nearly that leafy, and Cape Girardeau is not the racist small town that "Route 666" would have you believe—it's actually a college town, since Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) is in Cape Girardeau.
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Power Rangers:
Every season since Ninja Storm has been filmed in New Zealand. Despite the fact that the setting is still California, or in one season, a renamed Boston and in another a worldwide treasure hunt. Aside from some amusing locational irregularities (ah, the rolling grassy mountains of... the Everglades) it has the side-effect of producing a cast of actors who try their darnedest not to sound Australian or New Zealander.
They've thrown in a few gags, like Piggy getting teleported there and landing in the middle of a herd of sheep.
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Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie was filmed entirely in Australia, though the series at the time was set in California.
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Howling II: Stirba: Werewolf Bitch: The scenes set in Transylvania are filmed in Czechoslovakia.
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24: Redemption features several African jungle scenes set in what are clearly eucalyptus groves — while the eucalyptus tree is unknown across all but a few regions in Africa, it grows wild in much of California. The show's seventh season takes place in Washington, D.C., but the (partial) California Doubling becomes obvious when you see palm trees and dry brown hills.
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In Starship Troopers, the airport that Rico and Carmen go to before shipping out is clearly shot from the interior of the LA Convention Center, despite the fact that they live in futuristic Buenos Aires.
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Big Game, despite being made by Finns, has Bavaria doubling for Finland, as it has plot-important mountains and woodlands real-life Finland notoriously lacks.
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Y Gwyll is set in in and around Aberystwyth and filmed entirely in Mid-Wales in and around Aberystwyth.
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Elementary is another show both set and filmed in New York City, though it's not a complete aversion— for reasons that even Lucy Liu herself finds confusing, Harlem is used to represent Brooklyn.
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The Martian was (obviously) not filmed on Mars, but in Wadi Rum, Jordan, a red-colored desert on Earth.
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Forever Knight was both shot and set in Toronto.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is filmed in Los Angeles, aside from establishing shots.
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Mean Girls: As Roger Ebert put it, "She enrolls in Evanston Township High School — which, like all American high schools in the movies, is physically located in Toronto."
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Halloween is set in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, but filmed around Burbank, California. The palm trees in the background make this more obvious. It's sequel and the reimagening from Rob Zombie were also filmed in California instead of Illinois.
4, 5, and 6 were filmed in Utah, the final original film was shot in Vancouver, and the sequel to Zombie's reimageing was mostly filmed in Atlanta, Georgia (with some additional filming in Connecticut and LA).
Averted with 3 and H20 which were set and shot in California.
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World of Warcraft had an official patch trailer depicting Kel'thuzad journeying to Northrend and joining the Scourge. However the trailer was made back in the vanilla version of the game, where Northrend hadn't been programmed into the game yet. So they had Kel'thuzad wander around Winterspring instead.
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2008's Iron Man was filmed in the Antelope Valley in Southern California, while portraying the Middle East.
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Iron Man 3: North Carolina was the primary filming location; the Malibu and Miami scenes were all shot in the Wilmington area, while the Rose Hill, Tennessee scenes were shot in the Charlotte area, mostly in Mooresville.
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Sort of averted in Red Heat - Budapest (another one!) played Moscow for most of the movie, but the footage behind the opening (contains nudity and violence; credits start at 4:39) and closing credits (from the 4:21 mark) really was shot there.
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Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers again. Filming for the movie was scheduled to finish during a break mid-Season 2, but difficulties left the Ranger cast down under longer than expected. To prevent delays for Season 2, their scenes in two three-parters ("The Wedding" and "Return of the Green Ranger") were filmed in Australia. Note, though, that "The Wedding" has a sub-plot with a school trip to Australia (which allowed for scenes making more extensive use of the area), whereas "Return of the Green Ranger" takes place in Angel Grove, California.
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Both Matlock and Profiler were set in or around Atlanta, GA. Were it not for establishing shots, dialogue references, and the opening credits of 'Matlock', no Atlantan would know this.
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Patriot Games: The highway that is supposed to be Route 50 in Maryland is clearly a freeway somewhere in Southern California.
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As noted above, RoboCop: The Series and later, RoboCop: Prime Directives were set in Detroit like the movies they're based on, but were filmed in Toronto. Then again, none of the movies were actually filmed in Detroit, either.
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Not only did McCloud, set in New York, do a lot of location filming in the Big Apple (and New Mexico, where our hero was from), but the episode "Night of the Shark," where McCloud went to Australia in pursuit of a criminal, was indeed filmed there.
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Many of the Endor scenes from Return of the Jedi were filmed near Eureka, in a place called Cheatham Grove. The fallen tree that Luke ducks under while flying is still there. Scenes from the 1995 film Outbreak were also filmed in Cheatham Grove (not an example of doubling, though, since Outbreak was set in California).
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Thor: The Dark World is also set in England, and shot there - including the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
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Me, Myself & Irene, set in Rhode Island, was at least partially filmed in Vermont.
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X-Men: First Class: Englefield House in Reading, UK serves as the exterior for the Xavier mansion. The small island near Cuba in is actually Georgia's Jekyll Island with some palm trees.
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Did You Hear About The Morgans? is about a couple who are put into the Witness Protection Program and sent to Wyoming, which is actually New Mexico subbing for Wyoming. I guess they didn't want to be accused of copying.
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Nearly all scenes of EuroTrip were filmed in or near Prague. No scene was set in the Czech Republic itself, though Slovakia, which was unified with it as Czechoslovakia until 1993, is featured.
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Neither Xena: Warrior Princess or Hercules: The Legendary Journeys were filmed anywhere near Greece. New Zealand, particularly West Auckland, made a passable substitute.
New Zealand also doubled for China and Japan in Xena. Not to be mention present-day America in both series ("Yes, Virginia, There Is A Hercules" and "Deja Vu All Over Again").
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Luke Cage (2016) not only takes place in Harlem, it's also primarily filmed there (with some exceptions, such as Harlem's Paradise, which is actually in Brooklyn).
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Denton from The Rocky Horror Picture Show is implied to be in America but was filmed in Berkshire, England and the remake was filmed in Canada.
The sequel, Shock Treatment specifies Denton to be in America but was filmed in Wembley, England.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has Queensland doubling for the Caribbean.
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As alluded to in the opening, it's pretty rare for Star Trek to shoot outside of California, or at least it was prior to the 2009 reboot. From the original series through Star Trek: Enterprise, the Trek TV shows were filmed entirely in California. Much like Vasquez Rocks, Griffith Park has been used many times as many planets over the years. The pre-reboot Trek films sometimes ventured outside of California, but never outside the United States. The first Trek scenes shot outside of California were some shots of Yellowstone, doubling for Vulcan, in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. With the reboot films, on-location filming has become more commonplace. Star Trek Into Darkness has the first Trek scenes shot outside of America, albeit by a second unit in Iceland for the backdrop for the "surgery on a torpedo" sequence. It went a step further with the next film, Star Trek Beyond, which was filmed primarily in Vancouver, with Seoul and Dubai as additional locations. The sixth Trek TV series, Star Trek: Discovery, is filmed primarily in Canada, specifically Toronto, making a clean break from its California-based predecessors.
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This trope is played straighter in the Fantastic Beasts films. The first movie was set in New York City, but filmed entirely in England. This was obviously justified, as it would be impractical to make present-day New York look like 1920s-era New York. The second movie likewise recreated Paris in England, with the New York backlot from the first movie revamped into a Parisian backlot.
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The Columbo episode "Dagger Of The Mind," set in London, also partly-averted it; some of the episode was filmed in Hollywood, but some of it was indeed filmed in London (providing a rare chance to see Bernard Fox actually in the UK!). In fact, one of the British actors had to remain in the US, as he was wanted for tax evasion in the UK.
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A good chunk of Dirty Dancing was shot at the Mountain Lake Hotel near Roanoke. The movie was set in the Catskills in The '60s, but since most of the actual Catskills resorts had shut down (or were in no shape to shoot a movie) by then (1987), another location had to be found.
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Die Hard 2, supposedly set at Washington Dulles International Airport, was actually filmed in several different locations in Colorado, Michigan, and California. One scene has McClane in the airport talking on the phone to his wife who is in an approaching plane, and "Pacific Bell" can clearly be read on the payphone he's using.
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Cougar Town is set in Florida. Some of suburban Florida superficially resembles the Southern California, but the palm trees are actually quite different. Remember, there are two mountain ranges, multiple river valleys, a few hundred miles of ocean, and a desert between Florida and LA.
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The adventures of Young Indiana Jones took Indy all over the world. The show was really shot in many exotic locales in Europe, Asia and Africa.
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Blue Bloods is set and filmed in New York City.
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Jack Taylor is set in Galway and all the outdoor locations are filmed in Galway. On the other hand, all interior shots are filmed in Ardmore Studios in Bray (just south of Dublin, on the east coast) and in Bremen in Germany.
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The 6th Day was partially filmed in Vancouver; exterior shots of the cloning company's headquarters are actually the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
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For the second X-Files movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, they trucked in huge amounts of real snow to decorate several blocks of Vancouver, which was highly surreal.
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Raccoon City in the 2nd and 3rd games of the Resident Evil franchise is supposed to be designed after a typical small town in the United States, but in the games, you can see most of the streets are too narrow to allow traffic to go in both directions and there are a ton of alleyways; narrow streets and numerous alleys is something that is common in Japan and Capcom, the creators of Resident Evil, is located in Japan. The remake of the second game fixes the issue by making Raccoon City an actual city instead of a large town and the streets accommodate several lanes of traffic.
Capcom also produces the Ace Attorney franchise, whose games are supposed to take place in the United Statesnote Los Angeles, specifically, which ironically means California is the one being doubled for this time, yet many locations are based on Japanese structures and cultures and the court system is based more off of the Japanese courts than American courts. It also doesn't help that the Japanese version of the games are written to take place directly in Japan, which makes many of the settings and characters fit better. According to Word of God, the first game was made with localization in mind while the sequels didn't have any immediate plans to be localized, which is why said sequels have a lot of Japanese cultural references and why the localized versions fall into the trope. One of the localizers explained that the reason the the localized games have so much Japanese references and cultures is due the settings taking place in an alternate timeline where anti-Japanese laws in the United States never existed, allowing Japanese citizens to live and flourish in California.
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Seemingly averted by The Middle. They seem to have found a neighborhood of ranch houses which could plausibly be in Indiana, and have shown similar discretion in finding other locations. They have also been able to make those exteriors seem like winter or autumn when need be (largely by limiting the scope of the shots), and the footage shown in the background when they're driving also looks like Indiana.
However, in "The Concert", during the third season, one plot thread takes place by the side of a road, where the surrounding landscape looks a lot more typical of California than central Indiana.
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The parts of Mr. Magoo that take place in America were filmed in Vancouver; the museum in the film is actually the lobby of the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library with museum-type decorations scattered around.
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Her: A number of exterior shots where Theodore walks around what's presented as 2025 Los Angeles are recognizably (to anyone who's been there) filmed in Shanghai, in order to make the cityscape seem more futuristic. However, the film avoids giving the game away by not showing any of the Chinese city's iconic buildings such as the Oriental Pearl Tower.
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Red had Toronto double for many major cities (such as New York, Chicago, Washington and Cleveland) while New Orleans doubled for several cities as well (such as Kansas City).
Stanton's speech and the ensuing raid are all shot in various parts of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto; Victoria's limo even lets her out in front of Toronto's Union Station.
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The Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) was filmed in the deserts of Southern California, despite the fact that the first episode supposedly takes place in the jungles of Siam. In fact there seems to be some confusion between Thailand and the Middle East.
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Except for a couple of establishing shots, most scenes set in California or Nevada in The Godfather were filmed in New York.
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In Deep Impact, the traffic jam of people leaving Virginia Beach was actually shot on a newly-built freeway note specifically VA 234/Prince William Parkway between VA 28 and I-66 in Manassas, 150 miles away. The terrain is the giveaway; Virginia Beach is on the Atlantic Plain and almost perfectly flat, while Manassas (like most of the DC area north and west of town) is on the not-so-flat Appalachian Piedmont.
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Double subverted in We Were Soldiers. Northern California is made to stand in for the Ia Drang Valley... which in turn looks suspiciously◊ like◊ northern California.
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Sons of Anarchy is filmed in central California, and actually takes place there. While the town of Charming is up closer to Stockton and San Francisco, however, the show has occasionally doubled in LA County neighborhoods, with Charming's "main street" looking a lot like parts of Tujunga.
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My Name Is Earl was filmed in California. While no one knows exactly where Camden County is or might be located, it's strongly hinted to be somewhere in the Southeastern US or maybe Appalachia.
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Thelma & Louise was set in various locations across the U.S., including Arkansas, Oklahoma City, and whatever lies between Oklahoma and Mexico that's not Texas. Most of the film was shot in various California locations.
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The James Bond series has several "Other country doubling":
In GoldenEye, Cuba is actually Puerto Rico, the Russian dam from the opening is in Switzerland, and many St. Petersburg externals are in London. The train scenes were filmed on the Nene Valley Railway in Cambridgeshire, also the scene of filming for the circus train scene in Octopussy.
Tomorrow Never Dies is partially set in Vietnam, but given the Vietnamese authorities vetoed shortly before filming, the crew actually filmed in Thailand (some scenes even denounce the backgrounds are the same as in The Man with the Golden Gun).
In Casino Royale (2006), Madagascar is the Bahamas, and Montenegro is the Czech Republic.
Most subaquatic scenes since Thunderball were shot in the Bahamas (doubling for the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Caspian Seas).
Die Another Day: North Korea and Cuba are communist nations who understandably wouldn't want to be involved with the Cold Warrior, so they used Hawaii and England for the former and Spain for the latter.
Diamonds Are Forever mostly averts this as a good chunk of it was actually filmed in Las Vegas. However the scene where Bond is riding the elevator to Whyte's penthouse was filmed in Pinewood Studios. And the first scene with Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd which took place in the South African desert was shot within the Vegas city limits.
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In Roots: The Next Generation, the Los Angeles Arboretum doubles for Gambia in Africa. Most of the scenes used are acceptable to the untrained eye until the Queen Anne Cottage starts showing up in the background of a village made up of grass huts.
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Almost all of Degrassi is set in Toronto; however, when characters travel away from home, most of those scenes are shot in Toronto as well.
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Phone Booth is filmed on possibly the only LA street which could plausibly pass for Manhattan. However, the effect is blown in long shots when you can see the skyscrapers ending after a few blocks.
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In Captain America: Civil War, Berlin, Germany stands in for Bucharest, Romania and Vienna, Austria.
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Some movies of the same genre as the Dollars Trilogy were filmed (link in Spanish) in other places of Spain as the provinces of Madrid and Burgos as much if not more than in Almería.
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The Americans, largely set in the Washington, D.C., area, is shot in New York City, which also doubles for Philadelphia and the Soviet Union in various episodes.
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The "L" train battle, and following train-stopping scene in Spider-Man 2 was filmed on the Chicago 'L', despite the fact that the movie takes place in New York. (While there are L trains in the Big Apple, they're all located in the less-photogenic outer boroughs rather than in Manhattan.) Really, only the overhead shots were filmed in Chicago — most of the rest was CGI. Loved seeing obvious Chicago 2200 series trains (now retired as of 2013) with fake New York line names/terminals, though.
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The Sandman Chase in Spider-Man 3 was done in Cleveland.
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The Handmaid's Tale: The story is set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but filmed in Toronto and Cambridge. In the scene of the pre-Gilead protest, the demonstrators march past the distinctive Toronto City Hall.
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In Black Panther, the scenes in Oakland were shot in Atlanta, along with some scenes taking place in London and South Korea. In fact, Atlanta City Hall doubles for the United Nations building.
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Parts of The Wolverine set in Japan and Canada were filmed in and around Sydney, Australia.
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Montreal and Vieux Québec also subbed for Paris and Murmansk in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and for Marseille and Montrichard in Catch Me If You Can.
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What Lies Beneath was both set and filmed in Vermont.
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Mad Max: Fury Road is set in the Australian Outback but was filmed in the southwestern African country of Namibia. Filming was supposed to take place in Australia but the winter before production was extremely rainy and made the landscape too lush for the dystopian setting so production was moved.
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Chicago stands in for the fictional city of Metropolis, similar to The Dark Knight Trilogy and Smallville.
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Probably one of the most notable aversions for live televisions was Walker, Texas Ranger, which was actually shot in Texas, particularly in Dallas where the majority of the show is set. However, when the rangers went to other locations, like Houston, they shot there as well. The show paid special attention to make sure you knew they were actually using Texas by having many shots of the Dallas skyline. Many scenes even used locals as extra's or one-liners.
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Dublin, which has neither skyscrapers nor (surviving) Tudor buildings, has pretended to be New York for the recent film version of The Honeymooners and 16th century England for numerous episodes of The Tudors. In films Dublin has also doubled for Liverpool (Educating Rita and An Awfully Big Adventure), London (Peaches) and Boston (Far and Away).
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Hogwarts is meant to be located in Scotland, but the Harry Potter movies were filmed almost entirely in England. Hogwarts environs were sometimes filmed on location in Scotland and sometimes not. The Forbidden Forest and the Black Lake are located within short distances of each other in-universe, but they were filmed in Buckinghamshire and Highland respectively.
This trope is played straighter in the Fantastic Beasts films. The first movie was set in New York City, but filmed entirely in England. This was obviously justified, as it would be impractical to make present-day New York look like 1920s-era New York. The second movie likewise recreated Paris in England, with the New York backlot from the first movie revamped into a Parisian backlot.
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For Captain America: The First Avenger, the Brooklyn scenes were shot in Manchester and Liverpool. Justified as the movie is set at the height of World War II, and both cities include pre-war architecture that resembled Brooklyn at this time. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the scenes set in the fictional European nation of Sokovia were filmed in London. Averted for several other cities like Seoul, South Korea and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were shot on-location.
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The outside shots of New York in Velvet Goldmine are clearly filmed in London, given that everybody is driving on the left and red double decker buses are driving around with advertisements for Les Misérables.
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The pilot for The Lying Game was filmed on location in New Mexico; production for the series shifted to Texas. The series is set mainly in Phoenix and Las Vegas (with stops in Los Angeles).
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Beneath Hill 60 was filmed largely outside Townsville, Queensland; including both the scenes set in the area, and the scenes set in the trenches of WW1 Europe.
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Designated Survivor is set in Washington, D.C. but filmed in Toronto.
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The Interview takes place in several different locations but was shot almost entirely in Vancouver, the hometown of writer and star Seth Rogen.
The main characters' TV studio was actually the main CBC building in downtown Vancouver.
Kim Jong-un's presidential palace is actually Robson Square, across the street from the Vancouver Art Gallery, with several green screens put up to mask out surrounding buildings.
Vancouver's Chinatown doubled for Dandong, China.
The Chinese night market is really just the Richmond Night Market; Richmond is a city immediately south of Vancouver where a full 50% of the population identifies as Chinese.
The decrepit Chinese village Seth Rogen's character travels to is a real place (though the mountains were added digitally) on the south shore of Richmond called Finn Slough, a fishing village founded in the 1880s by Finnish immigrants; people still live there!
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Human Target is set in San Francisco, but filmed in Vancouver. It's quite a good match in terms of terrain & climate, but still looks subtly off.
Amusingly enough, In an episode where Chance must escort someone to Seattle, the Seattle scenes at the end look perfectly plausible because of the essentially identical landscape.
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Jumping the Broom has Nova Scotia, Canada doubling as Martha's Vineyard.
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The Long Kiss Goodnight was in part shot in Toronto - you can see the Honest Ed's sign in the background in one scene.
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The X-Files moved from Vancouver to Hollywood in the course of production.
Some locals have a "Don't go into Stanley Park!" gag because before the move to LA, almost every single forest scene on the show was filmed inside said city park (which is big enough to have a rather sizable community of Park People). For many years, the white X that Mulder spray paints on the side of the road in the pilot was still visible, too - this was pointed out in the seventh season finale.
For the second X-Files movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, they trucked in huge amounts of real snow to decorate several blocks of Vancouver, which was highly surreal.
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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, despite the title and setting, was mostly filmed in Vancouver. The original script called for scenes taking place at Madison Square Garden and on the Brooklyn Bridge, but budget constraints forced them to shoot primarily in Canada (only the Times Square scene was actually filmed on location), while most of the film is spent on a cruise ship traveling to New York.
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Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Daredevil (2015) and Jessica Jones (2015) are shot on-location in New York City. This was so notable (especially for the Marvel Cinematic Universe), that the city actually held a huge press conference to announce its partnership with Marvel. However, these shows are set in Hell's Kitchen on the west side of Midtown Manhattan. These scenes are thus filmed in neighborhoods around northern Brooklyn because real life Hell's Kitchen is gentrified and Hell's Kitchen from the comics and shows was a crime-ridden cesspool (the in-universe explanation in the Netflix shows being that the Chitauri invasion in The Avengers (2012) caused a lot of damage in Hell's Kitchen and undid a lot of this gentrification).
In Daredevil (2015) season 3, the action briefly takes a detour to Karen Page's hometown of Fagan Corners, Vermont, a fictional location in the comics, and represented by Windham, New York in real life.
Luke Cage (2016) not only takes place in Harlem, it's also primarily filmed there (with some exceptions, such as Harlem's Paradise, which is actually in Brooklyn).
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Lampshaded in Stephen King and Peter Straub's The Talisman. Given Jack Sawyer's experiences in Hollywood, as well as his mother's reputation as Lily "Queen of the B's" Cavanaugh, Jack spots similarities between New England and the ominous Point Venuti in Northern California, remembering that if any scenes on the beach needed to be filmed in the Northeast climate called for in the former, places like the latter would be employed.
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The Streets of San Francisco was set and filmed in that city, and the opening AND closing credits did everything they could to remind us of that (the end credits for each episode are displayed in front of a helicopter shot going away from the Golden Gate Bridge). That said, occasionally an episode has the odd scene set elsewhere ("Flags Of Terror" has its first scene in Japan, and "Till Death Do Us Part" begins in New Jersey and the Midwest before arriving in San Francisco).
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Averted with 3 and H20 which were set and shot in California.
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Thor: Ragnarok has a few scenes set in New York City, which were mostly filmed in Brisbane.
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X-Men Film Series:
X-Men: First Class: Englefield House in Reading, UK serves as the exterior for the Xavier mansion. The small island near Cuba in is actually Georgia's Jekyll Island with some palm trees.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Paris scenes were filmed in Old Montreal, and parts of the Pentagon (like the area where we see visitors touring the building, and when Charles and Logan are walking alone in a basement corridor) are from the Arts Building at McGill University. The Moscow bunker is located beneath the rafters of The Big O (the informal name of Montreal's Olympic Stadium). Mystique jumped out of the window of the mayor's office at Montreal City Hall.
X-Men: Apocalypse: The exterior of John Abbott College (located in a suburb of Montreal) was the stand-in for the Auschwitz concentration camp. The steel mill factory where Erik works is in Saint-Ours, a town about 75 km from Montreal. The East Berlin fight club venue is the Corona Theatre in Old Montreal.
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Body of Proof: Set in Philadelphia. Shot in California.
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Roswell heavily featured Kirk's Rock for the wilderness scenes, while the town itself was actually Covina, CA.
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A bizarre inversion in Youth in Revolt. The film is set in various California locations-Oakland, Clearlake, Berkeley, Ukiah, etc. Yet it was filmed entirely in Michigan, with some reshoots in Louisiana. Obviously, Michigan looks nothing like California, though it could be said that the exact setting of the story is unimportant.
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Hellcats has the good city of Vancouver playing Memphis.
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Farscape filmed entirely in Australia, including Earth scenes that were supposed to be located on the Florida Space Coast. For all that the beaches are decidedly different, upper middle class tract housing can evidently be pretty similar in both places.
Specifically: IASA's HQ shown in "Won't Get Fooled Again" was shot in and around Sydney Olympic Park, in Homebush (a 5min drive from the studio where seasons 2-4 were shot) - ANZ stadium doubles as a launch pad (CGI rocket stuck in the middle of it) and the distinct spiral building seen several times in the background is actually part of the car park near the Acer Arena. The gardens in the "Look At The Princess" trilogy were actually the Japanese gardens in Auburn. The beach in "Scratch & Sniff" was in Maroubra. The dock often seen in Crichton's dream sequences was actually right outside the industrial park in Homebush where seasons 2-4 were shot. The old gun emplacement at Middle Head doubled for several alien military encampments and ancient ruins.
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Lampshaded fictional aversion in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In the pilot episode Danny fails a drug test and cannot make a movie in California, and Matt suggests filming in Vancouver. Danny refuses, saying that "Vancouver doesn't look like anything, it doesn't even look like Vancouver. It looks like Boston, California."
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It can get pretty hilarious watching the previous three shows (Smallville, Supernatural and Stargate SG-1) and realising that everywhere in the United States, not to mention almost every planet in the Milky Way galaxy, looks exactly like the Smallville countryside, or Metropolis.
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The "Der Waffle Haus" set was reused as a representation of the "Ascended Plane" in a Stargate SG-1 episode.
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Gettysburg was shot in the battlefield national park, and every battle sequence filmed was done where it had taken place in 1863, with the exception of Little Round Top. (There wasn't enough room for all the actors, crew, and equipment, so they shot the scenes on Big Round Top instead.)
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Averted in Paper Moon - Both interior and exterior shots were filmed on location in central Kansas and western Missouri.
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In Maverick, the climactic poker game is set on a riverboat steaming the Mississippi River south of St. Louis. Anyone familiar with the area knows that the exterior scenes of the riverboat were shot somewhere very, very different from the Mississippi River south of St. Louis (probably on a river in the Pacific Northwest).
Not to mention the bizarre detour through Yosemite National Park. Seriously, the scene takes place right under Half Dome.
Yosemite National Park also stood in for the Himalayas in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
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Dick Wolf's Chicago tetralogy of shows (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice) are all set and filmed in Chicago. That said, there are still some liberties: e.g., the police station used for P.D. is actually used for the University of Illinois at Chicago Police, not the Chicago Police Department; although it was used by the CPD as the 7th District Police Station prior to 1998.
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The Walking Dead is set and filmed within Georgia and scenes set in Atlanta were filmed in the city proper; however, there are cases of Television Geography for locations in other parts of the state. The Cobb Energy Centre doubles as the CDC headquarters, and the town of Senoia doubles for the town of Woodburynote However, the real Woodbury is located about 25 miles (40 km) south of Senoia. It has since begun meeting the trope, as it continues to be filmed in Georgia despite now being set in Virginia.
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In X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters in upstate New York is actually in Vancouver.
The exterior of the school and most of the more "normal" corridors above ground were filmed at Hatley Castle in Victoria, British Columbia. There was a common joke on set about the "magic elevator" that took you from Victoria to Vancouver (which in the movie took characters to the labs below, which were located on a set in Vancouver).
In X-Men: The Last Stand, the scene with the protest outside the cure clinic was not in front of a massive skyscraper, but a very nondescript two-floor building.
Jean Grey's childhood home is in the Vancouver suburb of Tsawwassen.
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One of the "Discoverers" sketches in That Mitchell and Webb Look has the captain and his first mate land on the shores of Australia... given the nature of the show, the sheer flagrancy of the doubling makes it all the funnier when you have one of the most iconically British landmarks in the background, viz, the cliffs of Dover.
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In the remake of Hairspray the movie was set in Baltimore, but was filmed in Toronto. Vintage Toronto streetcars were prominent in the "Good Morning, Baltimore" opening sequence.
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Tropic Thunder was shot almost entirely in Hawaii, despite being set in Vietnam (or at least around the South-East Asian area).
It's just a location playing a location disguised as another location.
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Toronto stands in for Boston a few times in Good Will Hunting, but it was shot primarily in Massachusetts, and most of the Toronto scenes were interiors (U of T dorm rooms, local bars, the novelty shop etc).
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In the first episode of The Event, Sean and Leila's "Caribbean" cruise actually took place off the coast of Hawaii.
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Lampshaded in The L Word, (a show which films Vancouver for LA), when one character proclaims "It's no use, Vancouver just can't look like LA."
Also lampshaded in Highlander: The Series. The episodes that take place in North America show cars with Washington license plates, but a city is not named. It is filmed in Vancouver, so the fans started calling it Seacouver. This name later appeared in the series a few times, such as on a newspaper.
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Mass Effect 3 situates the Alliance capital in a Vancouver/Seattle megalopolis and is deliberately modelled after the area, just updating it with bigger skyscrapers more appropriate for its 22nd-century setting.
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A rare, pre-glasnost exception is a 1976 adaptation of The Blue Bird, which was the first ever International Coproduction between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. The movie was filmed in English, on location in Moscow and Leningrad (present-day St. Petersburg). It was quite a Troubled Production due to the language and culture barriers. Also, Jane Fonda annoyed the Russian crew by following them around and constantly talking about communism. To add insult to the injury, the film bombed disastrously at the box office.
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Blue Mountain State was filmed in Montreal but takes place in an un-named region of the United States.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Paris scenes were filmed in Old Montreal, and parts of the Pentagon (like the area where we see visitors touring the building, and when Charles and Logan are walking alone in a basement corridor) are from the Arts Building at McGill University. The Moscow bunker is located beneath the rafters of The Big O (the informal name of Montreal's Olympic Stadium). Mystique jumped out of the window of the mayor's office at Montreal City Hall.
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Seinfeld was filmed almost entirely in LA, and with the exception of Jerry's apartment (an LA building with visible earthquake retrofitting) used Stock Footage of New York where appropriate. Sometimes, they slipped up. note  If you can't tell, that's a California license plate on a New York cab.
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Most of the exterior shots of the first Mortal Kombat movie were filmed in Thailand, and it really shows, particularly when it's doubling for China. Thai Buddhist temples look waaaay different from Chinese ones.
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Adrift, the in-name-only sequel to Open Water, is a real hodge-podge - a German production filmed in English with an almost completely American cast, set off the coast of Mexico... and filmed in Malta.
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Though supposedly set in the US, the fact that 21 Jump Street is shot in Vancouver is made by the fact that the extras/bit parts were hired locally and thus do decidedly non-US things like say "grade 3" instead of "3rd grade" and write graffiti with words ending in "-our" instead of "-or". And the "Hastings" bus in the credits. (Hastings is a well-known area of Vancouver.)
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Fahrenheit 451 (2018) was filmed in Toronto and Hamilton while set in Cleveland. One might forgive the city's skyline being completely different given the movie's dystopian setting, except Lake Erie is completely absent. On the other hand, a Freeze-Frame Bonus reveals that Cleveland's subway map is based on the city's actual light rail system.
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In an inversion of traditional "California doubling for another city," Ant-Man has Atlanta doubling for San Francisco.
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Arctic is set in, well, the Arctic, but it was shot in Iceland.
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The Musketeers, being a version of The Three Musketeers, takes place in France but was filmed in the Czech Republic.
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Halt and Catch Fire is set in the Silicon Prairie of the DFW Metroplex but is filmed in Atlanta. AMC considered filming the series in North Texas; however, AMC already had crew in place in Atlanta for The Walking Dead, and Georgia has more generous tax breaks for TV/film production than Texas. Season 3 sees a shift in setting from Dallas to San Francisco; however, filming stayed in the Atlanta area.
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The two Grown Ups movies, which supposedly take place in upstate New York, were filmed in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Adam Sandler has apparently grown fond of the town, as he later shot Hubie Halloween there, despite the film taking place in Salem.
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The Sea of Trees is set in Japan within the infamous suicide forest at the base of Mt. Fuji but filmed in the appropriately named Purgatory Chasm State Reservation and other locations in Massachusetts.
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Stockton CA has been used for a large number of movies and TV, mostly because it doesn't look much like LA/Southern CA. Prime examples, the roadbuilding scene in Cool Hand Luke (Shot just outside of town on 10-mile road) and the "Eastern College" in The Sure Thing (which is actually University of the Pacific).
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Battle: Los Angeles was set in... well, look at the title, but was filmed in Shreveport and Baton Rouge.
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The Flash (2014) has Vancouver standing in for the fictional Central City note in the comics, Central City is the DCU equivalent of Kansas City, Missouri, though certain scenes are also filmed in Portland, Oregon.
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That said, it's still played straight in both Breaking Bad and its prequel spinoff Better Call Saul, where Albuquerque also doubles for Houston, Philadelphia, Hanover Germany, and suburban Chicago.
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Scream4 was filmed in Michigan, despite still taking place in the fictional town of Woodsboro, California. The first three films were all filmed in Los Angeles.
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Goblin Valley State Park doubled as the alien planet in Galaxy Quest.
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Doc Martin: The fictional Portwenn is played by Cornish village Port Isaac.
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Warehouse 13 is filmed in Toronto and the surrounding area, and they barely attempt to hide it. In the third season finale, there is a Valu-Mart which is supposed to be in Elk Ridge, South Dakota. Valu-Mart is a grocery store that doesn't exist outside of Canada at all. Union Station in Toronto doubled for Geneva, Switzerland in the second season premiere as well.
Not to mention the first season episode set in Chicago, even though streetcar tracks and a street sign for York Avenue (neither of which exist in Chicago) are visible.
There's a later episode with scenes set in Victorian London which is filmed in Toronto's historic Distillery District. This looks fairly authentic, since most buildings in the Distillery District are from the Victorian Era... except for the inclusion of a very (North) American-style street clock on a pole.
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The Office (US) had one episode taking place in Winnipeg, but shot in California. In fact, while they occasionally filmed exteriors for the U.S. version at real Scranton, Pennsylvania locations, most of the show was filmed near L.A.
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes makes a valiant effort to make 2015 New York look like 1894 London on zero budget.
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Silver Streak has Toronto standing in for Los Angeles, Kansas City (though the Calgary skyline was used for an establishing shot), and Chicago (because the producers weren't able to find an American train line amenable to having one of their trains going out of control and crashing into a station for the climax). Remarkably, most of this was accomplished in one building - Union Station.
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Defiance (the Daniel Craig Holocaust movie) is mostly shot in Eastern Europe relatively close to the area of Belarus where its set. However parts of the movie are also set in rural Manitoba, Canada and local plant life like red willow and Manitoba hardy roses are visible in many shots. Interestingly one of the reason the region was initially settled by a lot of Eastern European immigrants is that it apparently looked a lot like home to them as well.
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Now and Then was set in Indiana, but shot entirely in Georgia in Savannah and Statesboro.
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In I, Robot, Vancouver portrays a futuristic Chicago.
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Parts of San Andreas are set in California but were filmed in the Lockyer Valley just west of Brisbane, Australia.
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Silence is set in Japan but filmed in Taiwan because Japan's landscape has changed drastically from the the 17th century to the 21st.
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Funny how Culver City, California looks a lot like Nazi Germany and Mayberry, North Carolina at the same time.
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Full Metal Jacket has Vietnam played by the (then derelict) London Docklands, and Parris Island played by both Bassingbourn Barracks in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, and RAF Swinderby in Swinderby, Linconshire, as well as Epping Forest, Essex.
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Rizzoli & Isles theoretically is set in Boston. Between the inexplicable palms growing in a climate that would theoretically kill them off, the abundant architecture in a style that developed centuries after most of Boston was built, and even the orderly layout of the streets (Boston being founded before things like "urban planning" were ideas), it's quite obviously filmed in Los Angeles even before getting into the accent issue.
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30 Rock averts this in that it is both set and filmed in New York City. However, anytime a scene is set somewhere else, it is, of course, doubled by a New York location. For instance, in the pilot, there is a flashback of Tracy running down a California freeway on which all the cars have New Jersey plates. The first Season Finale rather pathetically tries to pass off an obviously suburban neighborhood as a hillbilly town.
Internal scenes set at NBC Studios on the titular 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan are actually filmed at Silvercup Studios in Queens.
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Indiana Jones, which normally played this straight, averted it at least once. That really is Venice in The Last Crusade (well, some of it is anywway).
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In Wonderfalls Toronto and environs double for upstate New York. Scenes in which the falls are actually visible are shot on the Canadian side - in some scenes the American Falls are clearly visible on the opposite bank, while the Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls are on the right, not the left.
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The Shallows takes place in Mexico (and briefly in Texas), and was shot in Queensland and New South Wales.
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Unlike other series set in Tennessee (Memphis Beat, Hellcats), Nashville is indeed filmed there; while scenes set outside the city usually play this trope straight, in "All Or Nothing With Me" scenes set in Fort Campbell - located on the Tennessee/Kentucky border - were shot on location.
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When The Whole Nine Yards started production in Montreal, the script was rewritten to have the story take place in Montreal too.
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The Transformers movie filmed scenes set in the Middle East in the White Sands military bombing range, in New Mexico, once again for fairly obvious reasons.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's climactic battle in Egypt was also filmed at White Sands. The opening scene set in an industrial area of Shanghai was filmed at the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The forest battle, which according to TFWiki was fought in the Pine Barrens in New Jersey (a rather flat area), was filmed in Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon had Chicago, aside from portraying itself, double for Sam's apartment in Washington D.C. The Chernobyl scenes were filmed around northwest Indiana (again, for obvious reasons), while Detroit stood in for some scenes in Chicago.
Transformers: Age of Extinction has Michigan and Chicago doubling for China (though production actually filmed there later).
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Many real pubs are used as stand-ins for The World's End's fictional ones, with the World's End itself portrayed by the Gardener's Arms in Letchworth. (However, other "pubs" in the film are actually cinemas, railway stations, etc.)
Also, the "World's Oldest Roundabout" in the film really is that.
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Eyes Wide Shut, set in Kubrick's birth town, New York City.
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One of the most egregious examples was Battle of the Bulge being filmed in Spain - in particular, the flat, arid, sunny, relatively tree-free part. Note that the actual Battle occurred in the Ardennes - which is hilly and heavily forested - during winter.
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Glee usually plays this trope straight by filming an Ohio-set show in LA and it shows. You could play a drinking game the number of times a palm tree is in the frame, the characters are wearing too little clothing for the time of year, or when travel times from Lima to other Ohio cities are ridiculously short. The scenes in The Big Applesauce, however, are filmed on location.
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Averted on the 60s spy show I Spy which actually filmed the real locations an episode was set in: Hong Kong, Rome, Greece, Mexico, etc (although studio work was also done in Hollywood).
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The "Korean" setting of M*A*S*H is actually a section of Malibu Creek State Park in California, which was then the "Fox Ranch". Other scenes were shot in Griffith Park. While the mountainous scenery is a reasonable approximation of mountainous Korea, the illusion falls apart in winter scenes with their green vegetation and lack of snow. Korea gets a lot colder than California in winter and the winters of the Korean War were especially bitter.
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Lost features Hawaii Doubling, with the help of CGI backgrounds (primarily from Sydney, Korea, and London).
Alan Dale's scenes in the season 4 finale were actually filmed in London. He was appearing in Spamalot at the time, so he couldn't make it to Hawaii. This was the first time the show filmed outside the US.
And a real relief they actually had to film Alan Dale's scenes in London, as a previous episode with Desmond in 'London' had to have had some of the shoddiest backgrounds and doubling ever. Even more bemusing considering the 'Sydney' and 'Korea' scenes have always looked fine.
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Averted by NCIS's spinoffs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans, both filmed in their respective locations — except when NCIS LA has to go to another country. Fortunately most of those countries have so little vegetation they only need a cold blue/hot orange lighting filter.
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Oddly enough, while Monk tended to play this straight by having Los Angeles, Vancouver or Toronto double for San Francisco, there were some notable aversions in the episodes comprising the second half of season 4. Two different foot chases were filmed on location in San Francisco - the first is the one in "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward" where Monk and Natalie are chased to the police station by three bounty hunters seeking to know what Monk knows about a stolen diamond; the second one is the opening to "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty" where Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher chase wanted fugitive Miguel Escobar on foot through Chinatown. The MacMillan Museum in "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward" is in Pacific Heights, while a scene in "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage" where Monk and Natalie tail Karen Stottlemeyer was filmed in Union Square.
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Also Turn is filmed in Central Virginia, despite taking place in the Revolutionary-era Northeast (centering on the Long Island town of Setauket, but frequently venturing to New York City, rural Connecticut and New Jersey, and even to Philadelphia for a few episodes). Virginia is basically known for being the filming site of a whole bunch of historical period pieces, regardless of where they actually occurred, mostly because Virginia has good tax breaks and because Virginia has an embarrassment of colonial sites to film at, while the Northeastern sites are frequently covered over by development (try to shoot scenes of Washington's New Jersey camps close to their locations in Morris County and it'll be hard not to accidentally get a McMansion, a modern paved road, or an office park in the background).
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RoboCop takes place in Detroit, but none of the movies were actually made there. The first was made in Dallas, the second in Houston, and the third in Atlanta. The 2014 remake only has establishing plates shot in Detroit, with primary locations in Toronto.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set in San Francisco and its surroundings, while being primarily shot in both the already mentioned Vancouver, and Louisiana.
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Knight Rider, The A-Team, The Incredible Hulk and dozens of other 70's and 80's action shows never left the general southern California area either. For all the Walking the Earth the heroes did, they were never able to go anywhere that didn't have scrub grass and Joshua trees.
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The Shining, set in Colorado.
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Midsommar is set in Sweden but was filmed outside of Budapest, Hungary.
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Killing Zoe takes place entirely in Paris, France. With the exception of two tracking shots that plat over the opening/closing credits, it was filmed completely in L.A. Because the movie takes place almost entirely indoors and features a large French cast, it would have been pointless to go to France in the first place.
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Patton was filmed in Spain, doubling for Tunisia, Sicily, and Belgium.
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Blade II never hides the fact that it's set and filmed in Prague.
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The background for a room in Alice in Wonderland was used for both an undisclosed location in Eastern Europe and a hotel room in London, England.
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Spy Game had segments set in Beirut and Vietnam which were both filmed in Morocco. Likewise, Budapest stood in for Berlin, and Oxford, England became Suzhou, China.
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The Amazing Spider-Man downplays this, but doesn't fully avert it in that a lot of scenes are filmed in Los Angeles, though some scenes were filmed in New York.
The Amazing Spider Man 2, however, is notably the first film in the franchise to be filmed entirely in New York and the surrounding areas; making it the largest production to be filmed in the city.
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What a Girl Wants was filmed entirely in Britain, except for the flashback in Morocco. Yes, Britain stood in for America in the bookend scenes. Amanda Bynes's home in Chinatown, New York was really Borough Market in London.
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Indiana Jones does this a lot. Egypt from Raiders of the Lost Ark was really Tunisia, the primary shooting location for Tatooine in the Star Wars original trilogy (the canyon where Indy threatens Belloq is the same location where R2-D2 was taken by Jawas in A New Hope). Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is set in India, but shot in Sri Lanka, due to both the locations being very apart in India (but close to each other in the island) and the Indian government getting offended by their portrayal. The first act of Temple of Doom, set in 1935 Shanghai, was filmed in Macau.
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Army of Darkness is quite, quite blatantly not shot in whatever quasi-British kingdom it's set in (it was filmed in Bronson Canyon and Vasquez Rocks National Park, both of which are in California).
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Need a city that looks like a major German city before (or during) World War II? There's Görlitznote The Easternmost city of Germany, about one hour from Dresden and two hours from Berlin. It contains a pretty unique assembly of almost all architectural styles up to the war era and was left untouched by the war itself. Both German and big budget Hollywood productions (e.g. Valkyrie) have shot there with Görlitz standing in for Berlin quite a lot. Locals have taken to calling it Görliwood, naturally.
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In an episode of Blindspot the New-York-based FBI agents make a quick visit to the CDC headquarters. where they learn of a potential outbreak in "nearby" New York Harbor. The CDC headquarters is actually in Atlanta. (For once, this isn't fake scenery but a faked-out detail in the script).
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The snowy scenes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were actually filmed in Norway. This includes the characters walking to and from Hogsmeade as well as the Hogwarts Express traveling across the snowy countryside. This is the only time the Harry Potter movies have filmed outside of the U.K. and Ireland.
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The Drew Carey Show was set in Cleveland, Ohio, but filmed in Burbank, California.
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Lampshaded by Mike in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Beginning of the End which ostensibly takes place in Illinois, but has many scenes taking place in mountainous terrain.
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Speaking of Malta, it was used for Rome (well, the Colosseum) in Gladiator. Additionally, a forest in England was used for the opening battle in Germania and Maximus' first gladiator battles were fought in Morocco.
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The two German-produced The Three Investigators movies, The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island and The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle, had California be played by South Africa. This trope was partially averted in the first movie, however, most of which is indeed set in or off the coast of South Africa.
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The film Dog Soldiers featured Luxembourg doubling for the Highlands of Scotland.
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Serena is set in the Smoky Mountains, but was filmed in the Czech Republic.
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The Wind and the Lion was filmed in Spain, with Spanish locations being used to portray the Moroccan desert, Tangier, Washington, D.C., Oyster Bay, Long island, and Yellowstone National Park. Railroad buffs will notice some obviously European railroad cars in the background when Theodore Roosevelt is giving a whistle-stop speech; otherwise, it's a pretty convincing job.
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Sniper was set in Central America, but much of it was shot in Northern Queensland; the lost hotel was Paronella park and the rail insertion scene was filmed on the Cairns-Kuranda Railway, which looks rather ridiculous if you think about it, as the Panama Railroad seen in the film was built to Old Russian (5') gauge at the time, and was since rebuilt to Standard Gauge (4' 8 1/2"), while the Queensland Government Railways vehicles the characters de-train from were, and would always have been, Cape gauge (3'6").
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In Daredevil (2015) season 3, the action briefly takes a detour to Karen Page's hometown of Fagan Corners, Vermont, a fictional location in the comics, and represented by Windham, New York in real life.
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In Hail, Caesar! Los Angeles doubles for itself. The beaches of Rancho Palos Verdes stand in for Malibu, and "Pacific Coast Highway" is actually Palos Verdes Drive South.
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In Interstellar, the unspecified countryside of the US Midwest was shot mostly in southern Alberta and other neighbouring Canadian prairie provinces. Iceland's glaciers, highlands and coastal shallows were used for filming the different environments of the three extrasolar planets visited during the course of the storyline.
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Necessary Roughness is set in Long Island, New York but filmed in Atlanta; the Georgia Dome, the Falcons' then-home stadium, served as the stadium for the New York Hawks.
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The early seasons of Sliders were filmed in Vancouver.
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has Vancouver fill in for Seattle.
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Prague and some other parts of the Czech Republic apparently also stood in for Paris and France in general in Les Misérables (1998).
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North Carolina stands in for eastern Long Island in Weekend at Bernie's.
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Another case of California doubling for California in Zeke and Luther, where Torrance doubles for Gilroy. The fact that the show is set in Gilroy is mentioned at least every other episode, but anyone who has ever actually been there will spot the lie right away.
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Sort of averted in the Law & Order franchise, all of which are set in and filmed in New York City (and recently Los Angeles). Many of the outdoor scenes are actually shot at or near the supposed location shown in the card. Exceptions (supposed criminal hangouts like whorehouses and drug dens) are given fake addresses. At one point the actors for the main Law & Order actually took a pay cut in order to keep the show filming in New York City.
In some cases, things were filmed in New Jersey like some scenes at a train station that were actually filmed in Hoboken. After 9-11 some exteriors were filmed in Downtown Brooklyn filling in for the court and government buildings in Lower Manhattan which were inaccessible.
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Vienna and the countryside around it doubles for Paris and the French countryside in The Three Musketeers (1993). It is somewhat jarring for a native to see Fleur de Lis in imperial Austrian buildings, or neo-gothic profane buildings being used as gothic cathedral stand-ins.
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Dead Like Me is also set in Seattle while filmed in Vancouver.
The "Der Waffle Haus" set was reused as a representation of the "Ascended Plane" in a Stargate SG-1 episode.
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I Am Legend was shot in New York, with $5 million being spent on closing the Brooklyn Bridge for 5 consecutive nights.
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Murder, She Wrote was set in New England, but filmed in Mendocino County, California, which often meant the ocean was on the wrong side.
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Some films shot in the Toronto area: Cinderella Man, The Pacifier, Bulletproof Monk, Kick-Ass, Dawn of the Dead (2004). Ironically, a belated coda for Dawn was shot in California.
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Willow was filmed at Burney Falls in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Shasta County, in Northern California, with the mountains added as a matte painting. The baby being carried away in a river was filmed at Burney Creek.
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Tarzan's Fight for Life includes scenes filmed around Hat Creek and Pit River in Northern California.
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Thunder in Paradise had episodes set in many exotic locations, but the entire series was filmed in Florida. Some scenes were convincing, making good use of EPCOT Center's World Showcase. Trying to pass off Cinderella Castle as London, on the other hand...
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Sometimes Getting the Accent Right can distract the viewer from the wrong setting. Cagney & Lacey was set in NYC, but filmed in California, yet still felt right, because everyone in the cast sounded like they lived in NYC. Contrast with CSI: NY where almost no one sounds like an East coaster at all, let alone a New Yorker. Of course, because the Law & Order shows were filmed there, even the extras with one line sounded like New Yorkers. It's also one of the few shows where Sesame Street regulars pop up in cameos, because Sesame Street is also filmed in New York.
Not to mention that Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless, in real life, don't sound anything like they do on the show.
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Rocketship X-M. Death Valley doubles for an After the End Mars.
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Man of Steel:
Chicago stands in for the fictional city of Metropolis, similar to The Dark Knight Trilogy and Smallville.
Plano, Illinois stands in for the fictional Smallville in Kansas. Kansas was not at any point an actual filming location.
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World War Z is LOADED with this trope. Having been filmed almost entirely in Europe with (to name a few) Glasgow doubling for Philadelphia (The square with the red pavement is George Square), La Valletta doubling for Jerusalem and various towns and cities in England doubling as Canada, South Korea and Wales (despite Wales also being a filming location for other scenes).
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Wayne's World is set in the Midwest, but there are palm trees in some exterior shots.
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Doomsday uses mostly South Africa to stand in for post-apocalyptic Scotland.
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One of the funniest examples is My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which was born of a one-woman play written by and starring Nia Vardalos, a Winnipeg native, set in Winnipeg, about her wedding (in Winnipeg) and her crazy (Winnipeg-based) family, was filmed in Winnipeg, with many Winnipeg landmarks frequently visible, and all the extras (save her real-life husband Ian Gomez) being Winnipeg natives... and the movie was set in Chicago, because apparently an American audience needed an American city to enjoy the movie.
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The Canadian TV series Due South, although ostensibly set in Chicago, was mainly filmed in Toronto. While most of the first two seasons featured establishing shots of the Chicago area, the distinction of scenes shot at recognizable Toronto landmarks became more noticeable in the last two seasons (on the other hand, the episode where the characters go to Toronto was filmed in... Chicago). The streetcar tracks are a dead giveaway in just about every exterior scene, as Chicago doesn't have street-running trolleys anymore. Not to mention the periodic occurrence of street signs saying things like "Centre Street".
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, despite being from The Old West, was filmed in Winnipeg's Exchange district (which looks sufficiently old, for that matter).
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Exteriors for Father Ted were shot in Ireland. (However, the studio interiors - and audience - were in London).
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Another Lindsay Lohan movie, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, uses Toronto as a stand-in for many of the film's locations. In one particularly egregious scene, two characters walk by a restaurant that prominently displays the green "Pass" sign issued by the Toronto Board of Health to indicate a restaurant that passed its health standards test with flying colours.
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Getting Even with Dad was actually filmed in and around San Francisco. Even the theme park is in the San Francisco Bay Area, which was funnily enough doubled for a fictional theme Park in the Los Angeles Area in Beverly Hills Cop III.
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Likewise, the Santiago Calatrava-designed galleria at BCE place appears in a number of science fiction films, notably Gattaca.
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Despite the fact that it had a comparatively higher budget than the TV series, the movie sequel to it, Serenity, nonetheless has a planet that, CGI aside, is represented by a local high school campus. The chase scene around the Companion Training House seems to have been similarly filmed in local woods, with the rest of the landscape around it having been filled in with CGI and basically all of the other settings being either soundstages, the Universal lot, or CGI.
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The Boondock Saints: Both films were made in Toronto, with the exception of overhead establishing shots in Boston. The CN Tower can be seen, as well as a Toronto Dominion bank.
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Transformers: Age of Extinction had location shoots in Beijing, Hong Kong, Texas, and Utah's Monument Valley.
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure inverts California Doubling, with most of the film having been shot in Phoenix despite being set in Southern California.
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For Richer or Poorer was the first in a growing number of Baltimore Doubling instances. Notably outrageous though, as the much of the movie takes place in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which is not that far from where the film was actually shot.
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In Forrest Gump, South Carolina doubles for Alabama.
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Rock of Ages takes place in Los Angeles and Hollywood but was shot in Miami. Inverted, one could say.
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Spaghetti Westerns were filmed with a variety of European locations doubling for the American West. The semidesertic province of Almería in Spain, with its wide-open spaces that evoked an untamed frontier (and extras who could more or less pass for Mexican), was probably the most common.
Some movies of the same genre as the Dollars Trilogy were filmed (link in Spanish) in other places of Spain as the provinces of Madrid and Burgos as much if not more than in Almería.
Seeing typical Mediterranean vegetation on typical karst rocks in what is supposed to be wild west or Mexico is quite amusing ("Wait a minute! This could actually be that hill where we use to go to weekend trips.").
The same location was used as well in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the prequel TV series, standing for Greece, the Hatay republic (now in Turkey), Egypt and Mexico. The Mexican episode was later recut and released as a TV movie with additional scenes in the American SW that were really filmed in the American SW, and it is quite amusing to see how the vegetation and terrain suddenly change as soon as the main character crosses the frontier. Grass Is Greener here indeed...
Lawrence of Arabia was also partially filmed in Spain, in addition to Morocco and Jordan. Only Jordan lies in the region the film is depicting.
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City on Fire takes place in an unnamed Midwestern American city, but was shot entirely in Montreal. As a result, some French language signs can be seen in the city.
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A rather odd, yet strangely hilarious, inversion: Zombieland has quite a bit of its running time set in Hollywood, including a major movie star's mansion and a theme park. So both of those scenes were, quite naturally, filmed in Georgia.
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Transformers Film Series:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has scenes set at the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. It is the first production in decades to get permission to actually film on-site, thanks to the official in charge of that decision being a fan of the series.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon filmed its climactic battle in Chicago and they actually had entire portions of Chicago blocked off for filming. Played straight for the scenes on the moon though.
Transformers: Age of Extinction had location shoots in Beijing, Hong Kong, Texas, and Utah's Monument Valley.
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The Searchers made spectacular use of Utah's Monument Valley. These scenes were supposed to be set in Texas.
Most of John Ford's Westerns were shot in Monument Valley, including the Cavalry Trilogy, which was set mostly in Arizona, and Cheyenne Autumn, which took place in Oklahoma and Wyoming.
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In X-Men: The Last Stand, the scene with the protest outside the cure clinic was not in front of a massive skyscraper, but a very nondescript two-floor building.
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The vampire rock band road trip comedy Suck had Toronto double for Buffalo, Chicago and New York.
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Thor is set in a small town in New Mexico. Where is it filmed, you ask? Why, a small town in New Mexico. (Well, mostly Albuquerque made to look smaller than it is).
Thor: The Dark World is also set in England, and shot there - including the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
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2001: A Space Odyssey, not counting the space scenes, starts in Africa.
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Interestingly, the makers of Doctor Zhivago actually tried to get permission to film in the Soviet Union. You wouldn't think they'd have bothered, seeing how the original novel was already banned in the Soviet Union, but maybe they wanted to be sure.
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Drop Dead Diva has Atlanta doubling for Los Angeles.
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Saving Private Ryan was filmed in Ireland and England, such as Ballinesker Beach, Curracole Strand, County Wexford, Ireland, stood in for Omaha Beach (noticeable by the fact it's only about ten or twenty yards long, as opposed to the 700+ yard long Omaha Beach), the former British Aerospace factory in Hatfield, Hedfordshire, England, was Ramelle, and Thame Park, Thame, Oxfordshire, England, was the machine gun nest, all shots of large fields and where the halftrack is ambushed, with some scenes filmed in London and Calvados, France.
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Many historical films in the 60s and 70s were filmed in Spain - including Chimes at Midnight and The Three Musketeers (1973) - because the labor was cheap, the terrain was varied, and, frankly, Franco's government was incredibly receptive to bribery.
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was partly filmed in the Czech Republic.
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Season 2 of Leverage is set in Boston and filmed in Portland, Oregon. (Season 1 averts the trope for the most part, being set and filmed in Los Angeles.)
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Grace and Frankie is an example of California doubling for California. Although it's set in San Diego, many scenes (such as one in a restaurant on Larchmont in episode 2) are filmed in Los Angeles.
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Stranger Things:
The series takes place in Indiana but was shot in Jackson, Georgia, roughly halfway between Atlanta and Macon. Notably, the choice of setting was motivated by this trope. It was originally titled Montauk and set in the real-life Long Island town of that name, with the setting meant to have an Amity Island feel to it. However, their budget didn't allow them to film in a location that could double for that sort of Northeastern coastal town, while suburban Georgia, with that state's generous tax breaks, could easily double for an Amblin-esque Everytown, America setting.
The largely vacant Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, Georgia doubles as the Starcourt Mall in Season 3 with several period-accurate storefronts. Incidentally, Gwinnett Place actually opened in 1984, lending further credence to the show's 80s setting.
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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever was filmed in Vancouver and acknowledges its setting as Vancouver, yet all of the characters are American and it makes little sense for them all to be in Canada.
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being, set in the Prague Spring, was filmed in France and Switzerland as communist Czechoslovakia still existed at the time. Ironically, the Czech Republic would later become a frequent target of this trope.
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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman substituted Southern California for the Colorado mountains... poorly. Especially with such sights as the cast climbing the gentle, rolling slopes of Pike's Peak, lush with the dry brown grass of summer.
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Inverted in the film Crash, which was set in LA, but filmed many of its exterior shots in Germany. There's also a short-lived Crash series, which continued the tradition by using Albuquerque for LA.
The film's location is because it was German-financed. See also The Machinist which was set in LA, but filmed in Barcelona, because it was made with Spanish money.
This, by the way, is why the film's title is in Spanish on IMDB.
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Time Trax had the hero "travelling through our world, searching for fugitives from his own," but all of this travelling was done in Australia ("Photo Finish" was a rare episode to be set there).
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Averted in the film Ronin; the director, John Frankenheimer, spent a number of years in France. Shot on location, even the license plates are right.
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In Speed, the freeway depicted as I-10 was actually part of the then-unopened I-105 with the signs changed.
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The Rock actually was filmed in San Francisco and Alcatraz Prison on Alcatraz Island itself. Since the prison is a designated national park, they couldn't close it for production, so they needed to accommodate the tourists there.
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X-Men was primarily filmed there. For instance, the mansion interior was filmed in Casa Loma, a Toronto landmark.
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The scenes in the pilot for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles that were set in New Mexico were actually filmed in New Mexico. The rest of the series was set and filmed in Los Angeles.
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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem took place in a version of Gunnison, Colorado that has a suspiciously large number of evergreen pines. (That area of the state is mostly semi-arid scrubland in real life.)
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Lawrence of Arabia was also partially filmed in Spain, in addition to Morocco and Jordan. Only Jordan lies in the region the film is depicting.
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Spin City was both set and filmed in New York until Michael J. Fox left and Charlie Sheen arrived, sending the production to Hollywood.
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Without a Trace set and filmed parts of one episode in Tokyo. Anthony LaPaglia was heading to Japan to watch an Australian soccer team he co-owns participate in a tournament, so he suggested filming an episode there at the same time.
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Sort-of done in Batman (1989): the movie was filmed in England, but a map of Gotham City that Vicki Vale uses is actually a map of Vancouver.
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The Tennessee scenes in Death Proof were filmed in California, unlike the Texas scenes which were actually filmed in Texas.
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Strike Back has South Africa standing in for a wide variety of (sub)tropical locations, and Hungary for temperate ones. The trope is inverted in the opening episode of Shadow Warfare when Scott and Winchester are shown driving motorcycles along a road in "Northern California," but lane markings, roadside reflectors, etc. are ones not found in the US.
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The Punisher (1989) had the title character pulling up on his motorcycle outside a CES sign, which any Australian of the time would recognize as the Commonwealth Employment Service (the govt organization that handed out dole payments). Ironically the service was privatized some time ago, so anyone watching it on DVD now would likely not recognize it.
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Most of SHAZAM! (2019) had Toronto doubling for Philadelphia.
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Terms of Endearment: Some scenes set in Texas were actually filmed in Lincoln, Nebraska where the bulk of the film is set.
In addition, the scene where the station wagon crosses the "Texas State Line" was actually filmed just outside Cortland, NE.
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A multiple part episode of Growing Pains had the Seavers traveling to a Europe that at one point conspicuously resembled Catalina Island.
According to Maura Tierney (who was on the show at the time) they were actually due to film in Europe, but Kirk Cameron - there's a shocker - vetoed it. (In his defence, he cited a fear of flying, but it can't have helped his popularity with the cast and crew.)
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Hawaii doubles for a Central American island in Jurassic Park, the Amazon in both the first and fourth Indiana Jones movies and The Rundown (the crew of the latter planned to film in Brazil, but gave up after getting robbed there), Panama in Godzilla (1998) (leading future productions shot in Oahu to hide a giant footprint), Florida in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Okinawa Island in The Karate Kid Part 2 (although some scenes were filmed on-location), and Africa in Tears of the Sun.
Indiana Jones does this a lot. Egypt from Raiders of the Lost Ark was really Tunisia, the primary shooting location for Tatooine in the Star Wars original trilogy (the canyon where Indy threatens Belloq is the same location where R2-D2 was taken by Jawas in A New Hope). Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is set in India, but shot in Sri Lanka, due to both the locations being very apart in India (but close to each other in the island) and the Indian government getting offended by their portrayal. The first act of Temple of Doom, set in 1935 Shanghai, was filmed in Macau.
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For Emerald City much of the architecture of the eponymous city is lifted directly from Barcelona. Anyone casually familiar with the city will notice Gaudi's work, most notably scenes taking place inside Park Güell.
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In Robin of Sherwood England doubled for England, just not the same bits of it. Sherwood Forest was mostly represented by a wood outside Bristol, Nottingham Castle by various northern castles and Wells Cathedral, and other locations were scattered across the country, mostly in the north and west.
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The Doctor Who producers are on the record as being relieved that the spinoff series Torchwood could (for its first two series) be set in Cardiff, so they don't have to pretend that recognizable landmarks are actually somewhere else.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's "Wolverines" mission is set in northeastern Virginia, but the strip mall is modeled after a location in Vancouver, WA.
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Averted by two elements of The NBC Mystery Movie:
Not only did McCloud, set in New York, do a lot of location filming in the Big Apple (and New Mexico, where our hero was from), but the episode "Night of the Shark," where McCloud went to Australia in pursuit of a criminal, was indeed filmed there.
This was a condition of Richard Widmark agreeing to do Madigan, one of his few ventures into television (and his only series) - half the episodes were shot in Europe with the other half being in New York, and we always knew where he was going thanks to the title of the episode.
The Columbo episode "Dagger Of The Mind," set in London, also partly-averted it; some of the episode was filmed in Hollywood, but some of it was indeed filmed in London (providing a rare chance to see Bernard Fox actually in the UK!). In fact, one of the British actors had to remain in the US, as he was wanted for tax evasion in the UK.
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John Doe
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The battle scenes in Braveheart were largely filmed in Ireland (a literal Scotireland, no less), possibly because rural Ireland is less heavily developed than the rural Scottish Lowlands, or as inaccessible and impractical as the Scottish Highlands. The Scottish filming took place in Glen Coe and Glen Nevis, which, depending on how strictly you hold the film to history, can be taken as doubling for other parts of Scotland.
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Averted in Dark City. The only real giveaway that the filming took place primarily in a studio near Sydney is the somewhat out of place Australian accent of a young police officer who talks to Detective Bumstead in one scene. Also, the director happens to be from Australia.
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The 1989 TV series Doctor Doctor was supposedly set in Providence, Rhode Island, but was filmed in Denver, Colorado. This explains why you could occasionally see the Rocky Mountains in the background; the highest point in the actual state of Rhode Island is only 812 feet above sea level.
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A quarry in Cornwall played the planet Magrathea in The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.
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Gran Torino was also both made and set in suburban Detroit (Highland Park, Michigan to be specific. But... 1972 Ford Gran Torinos like the titular car were made in Lorain, Ohio.
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While Person of Interest is set and shot in New York, both the city and upstate locations double for areas as diverse as Texas, Iraq, Rome, Sankt-Petersburg, and Ordos Kangbashi. They did however shoot parts of a fifth season episode in Washington D.C., where the story was set.
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Much of the Twilight movies were filmed in rural areas of Greater Vancouver, filling in for rural Washington State.
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An Officer and a Gentleman plays a bit with the trope. The Navy Aviation School is situated in Pensacola, Florida, but the film was made at an abandoned Air Force base in Washington State. There are, however, no attempts made to make Washington look like Florida, and a lot of things, including local slang, are slightly altered to make us believe and feel you can become a Navy Pilot on an island west of Seattle.
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The outdoor scenes in The Lost World: Jurassic Park have significantly more redwood trees than you'd expect from a equatorial island. This is because they were filmed near Eureka, CA (no, not that one).
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The Wire was actually filmed in Baltimore, but used different sections of East Baltimore exclusively (obvious non-inclusions would be when they needed to film the ports or other locales not found in the inner city).
Most of the high-rise housing projects in which the Barksdale crew operates in the early seasons were actually torn down before the start of the series (this is eventually shown in Season 3). During the first season digital fakery is used to put some high rises up in the background of scenes set in The Pit.
Their next project Treme is set and filmed in New Orleans.
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Particularly ridiculous in Little House on the Prairie which is set in Minnesota, a state not exactly known for its mountains or its long stretches of lush green summery weather.
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The CSI franchise is famous for this with all three of its shows doing the majority of their filming in Cali, only filming in the actual places they're set in (Las Vegas, Miami and New York City) when they have to. An early episode had the Japanese American National Museum doubling for a police station, but didn't bother editing out the sign over the gift shop, and a more recent episode had Grissom and Catherine walking through Universal City Walk subbing for The Strip.
Another failure occurs when a corpse is being exhumed from under a bridge by the LVPD, while a clearly-marked Metrolink train passes over the bridge.
Another episode featured a gun range in the episode... this gun range is in Burbank near the Empire Center.
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JAG A series about the lawyers in the Navy & Marine Corps, mostly takes place (when stateside) in the greater DC area, but most of the location shooting is done in LA. The episodes show the cast wearing proper seasonal uniforms (at the time of airing) and did a remarkable job at averting this trope. Most ship scenes were filmed aboard actual US Navy ships in San Diego or on museum ships. Also the Los Angeles subway was used to represent the Washington Metro, ignoring the Metro's unique honeycomb architecture.
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The Bridge on the River Kwai is set in Thailand, but was filmed in Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka), a distinction the publicity of the time didn't see fit to make clear. Instead, it raved about the movie being shot in Ceylon in a way which implied the real-life River Kwai was located there.
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The Avengers' city scenes, set in New York and Stuttgart, were shot in Cleveland.
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New Zealand doubled for Oregon in Without a Paddle (they even had the same costumer from The Lord of the Rings!), which had forests that were simply not thick enough to be Pacific Northwest.
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New Zealand doubled for Japan in The Last Samurai; the reason being is that there wasn't any wide spaces for the battles in Japan, plus the availability of a stunt double for Mt Fuji.
Particularly jarring for anyone watching the first battle scene in the forest if they have lived in NZ for some time. There were just too many silver ferns around that have been taught since primary school were native to New Zealand.
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Criminal Minds (set near Washington, D.C.) is filmed in California, and the one episode that averted this was one set in San Francisco.
Its spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders does this on an international scale.
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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, though the film takes place in New York and Ancient Japan, many scenes are actually filmed in China's Hong Kong and in Astoria, Oregon. Back in the previous two movies before the third one, many scenes were shot in both New York and North Carolina (a fact not missed in MAD's satire "Teenrage Moolah Nitwit Turtles," the first panel of which mentions "The North Carolina State Building" - guess which city MAD calls home!), though both films take place in much of New York, anyway.
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Explicitly acknowledged and lampshaded in The Dresden Files RPG. The GM's section describes what the makers call "The Vancouver Method" of city design — in other words, just making stuff up as an alternative to doing all the research required to produce an accurate recreation of a city. The lampshading comes in the margin notes written by Harry and Billy.
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Shadowhunters is set in New York but is filmed exclusively in Toronto.
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TRON: Legacy was filmed in Vancouver but (presumably) takes place somewhere in Silicon Valley, California.
If you happened to have seen the movie at the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Vancouver, as soon as you walked out of the cinema you'd be looking out a large window at exactly the spot where they digitally inserted Encom Tower.
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In Airport, Lincoln International Airport is supposed to be located in Chicago. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was redressed to be used (due to the producers not wanting to risk a lack of snow in Chicago). The first sequel Airport 1975 uses entirely real airports, making use of both Washington Dulles International Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport.
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Racing Stripes has South Africa playing Kentucky. (In the 1980s quite a few movies shot in South Africa omitted to mention this on the credits, for obvious reasons.)
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Knots Landing is an interesting case. The series is actually based in Los Angeles, but the home cul-de-sac, Seaview Circle, is depicted as being near a coastline. The actual cul-de-sac used, Crystalview Place, is in Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley, 25 road miles from the nearest shoreline.
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The Beast and The Chicago Code were both set and filmed in Chicago. The former used some of the lesser-known Chicago landmarks to interesting effect, and both took full advantage of the 'L' train tracks that run through downtown.
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In the Heat of the Night was set in Sparta, Mississippi, but was filmed in Louisiana for the first season, and then in Covington, Georgia for seasons 2-6.
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While the first film of Critters was shot in Kansas, where it takes place, the second, also set in Kansas, was shot near Los Angeles.
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Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, for the most part, were filmed in Las Vegas, Italy, and France at least for all the major locations.
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The Hunger Games sets District 12 in Appalachia, but the movie was filmed outside Wilmington, North Carolina, on the coast. The sequels would be filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is primarily set in Washington, D.C., but was mostly filmed in Cleveland.
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Its spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders does this on an international scale.
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One Tree Hill is set in a fictional town called Tree Hill, North Carolina and the show was filmed in the real North Carolina city of Willmington.
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was both set and filmed in Toronto - almost a requirement, because both the film and the graphic novels it's based on showcase popular Toronto landmarks like Casa Loma, the Toronto Reference Library, and Sneaky Dee's. Though some of those locations were actually too small to film in so replicas had to be built. There is, however, in-universe Toronto doubling, with Lucas Lee's movie featuring a fake New York skyline... and a castle...
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Blade: Trinity is very obviously filmed in Vancouver, to the extent of not changing signage, using major and distinctive features, etc.
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Ed was set in Ohio. All outdoor scenes were filmed in Westfield, New Jersey.
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K9 was filmed in Brisbane, although the show is set in London in 2050.
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Toronto doubles for Los Angeles in The L.A. Complex with a mix of location-shot establishing shots and yellow filters to make the sun look brighter.
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Every season since Ninja Storm has been filmed in New Zealand. Despite the fact that the setting is still California, or in one season, a renamed Boston and in another a worldwide treasure hunt. Aside from some amusing locational irregularities (ah, the rolling grassy mountains of... the Everglades) it has the side-effect of producing a cast of actors who try their darnedest not to sound Australian or New Zealander.
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They've thrown in a few gags, like Piggy getting teleported there and landing in the middle of a herd of sheep.
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The pilot for Against The Wall opened with loads of footage of some of the most famous Chicago landmarks (with "Sweet Home Chicago" playing in the background). But once the music stopped, it quickly became clear that most of the show was filmed in Toronto (aside from occasional uses of stock footage). During the pilot, the crew took the trouble of replicating Chicago Tribune newspaper boxes but didn't bother to disguise the street signs. Streetcar tracks are visible in a few downtown scenes, and the 'L' train tracks are noticeably absent (save for aforementioned stock footage).
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Double subverted on one episode of James May's Toy Stories, where James tries to fly a balsawood toy glider across the English channel. Due to international flight regulations, he has to settle for flying the equivalent distance across the sea from England to Wales instead, and briefly discusses having some Welshmen dress up in mustaches and accordions. When that flight fails due to weather conditions, he instead - successfully - flies it from the English coast to the island of Lundy, which he renames Llundy to make it sound more Welsh.
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Where the Heart Is mostly takes place in Oklahoma, with one scene in Maine, but was filmed entirely in Texas. Baylor University stood in for Maine's Bowdoin College.
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In Evan Almighty, the village of Crozet (about 10 miles from Charlottesville) doubled for the much more urban Northern Virginia suburbs.
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In Firefox, Alaska was filmed in Cassel, Hat Creek, and Lassen Peak in Northern California.
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Travelers has it for some US city in the Pacific Northwest.
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Inverted in Teen Wolf; the show takes place in Northern California, but for its first two seasons was shot in Atlanta. Effective Season 3, though, principal shooting actually moved back TO California; the show won a lottery that rewarded it tax credits for shooting.
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Set in the universal American city, Metropolis, all of Superman Returns was filmed in Australia. The Kansas scenes were filmed near Tamworth, a country town. At one point Bryan Singer was worried that the original Kansas farm scenes from the first movie were actually filmed in Kansas; he learned that Richard Donner filmed them in Alberta.
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For the Steven Seagal film Exit Wounds, not only did Toronto and nearby Hamilton double for Detroit...so did Calgary.
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The 4400
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Vienna also doubled for Bratislava in The Living Daylights for much the same reason.
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Baywatch was mostly set on LA County beaches, where most of if was actually filmed.
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Scooby-Doo was filmed in Australia, but is set mostly on a fictional US island/theme park named "Spooky Island". The opening scenes not taking place on the island were also filmed here. Filming moved to Vancouver, Canada for the sequel.
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The Phantom had Warner Bros Movie World on Queensland's Gold Coast and the city of Brisbane doubling for various US locations.
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A Knight's Tale had the Czech Republic double for France and London.
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On Once Upon a Time the east coast town of Storybrooke, Maine is played by Vancouver (as are the Enchanted Forest and its environs).
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Averted with Hawaii in Godzilla (2014), but at the same time played straight in that Hawaii doubled for the Philippines at the beginning.
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Averted in Flashpoint which is set, for once, in a generic Canadian city, though it bleeds from "filmed in Toronto" to "set in Toronto" as the seasons wear on.
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Despite being set primarily in Scotland and New York, Highlander was filmed in Scotland and London.
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In Casino Royale (2006), Madagascar is the Bahamas, and Montenegro is the Czech Republic.
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Many Canadian genre films of the 1970s and early 1980s, including Black Christmas and Prom Night, would be produced with the lucrative American film market in mind, and as such would often be set in innocuous, Middle American locales while being shot in and near Toronto. Often times, this would be indicated through the presence of American paraphernalia while avoiding any direct on-screen reference to a specific location, in an effort to keep the film's setting ambiguous enough to avoid alienating any particular geographic demographic.
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Despite being set in New York and showing Toronto's skyline, much of Kick-Ass is filmed in Hamilton.
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According to Being John Malkovich, the New Jersey Turnpike has palm trees and oil rigs in the background.
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In The Tomorrow People (1973): "Worlds Away", on arriving for the first time on an alien planet, one character warns the others, "This isn't just some wood in Surrey," which is Lampshade Hanging by the writers — the scene was indeed filmed in a wood in the British county of Surrey.
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Shoot 'em Up is also clearly shot in Toronto: They don't even try to hide the CN tower
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Another example in Stargate Atlantis, the pilot episode has a long sequence supposedly taking place in Antarctica, which (A) was actually filmed using a glacier in British Columbia, and (B) has a supposedly US military helicopter... with a giant Canadian registration painted prominently on it in several places. To be fair, most of the audience has no idea what the sequence of five letters is.
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The opening of Heaven's Gate showed the characters graduating from Harvard. Director Michael Cimino couldn't get permission to film at Harvard University itself. So he decided to film the scene at Oxford University in England despite that fact that Oxford looks nothing like Harvard.
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Capcom also produces the Ace Attorney franchise, whose games are supposed to take place in the United Statesnote Los Angeles, specifically, which ironically means California is the one being doubled for this time, yet many locations are based on Japanese structures and cultures and the court system is based more off of the Japanese courts than American courts. It also doesn't help that the Japanese version of the games are written to take place directly in Japan, which makes many of the settings and characters fit better. According to Word of God, the first game was made with localization in mind while the sequels didn't have any immediate plans to be localized, which is why said sequels have a lot of Japanese cultural references and why the localized versions fall into the trope. One of the localizers explained that the reason the the localized games have so much Japanese references and cultures is due the settings taking place in an alternate timeline where anti-Japanese laws in the United States never existed, allowing Japanese citizens to live and flourish in California.
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Firefly takes advantage of this phenomenon, as the show has a Western feel to it, so it is entirely appropriate for every outlying backwoods planet to look like Old West California.
Despite the fact that it had a comparatively higher budget than the TV series, the movie sequel to it, Serenity, nonetheless has a planet that, CGI aside, is represented by a local high school campus. The chase scene around the Companion Training House seems to have been similarly filmed in local woods, with the rest of the landscape around it having been filled in with CGI and basically all of the other settings being either soundstages, the Universal lot, or CGI.
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Averted in David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986), which really is set in Toronto, and makes no effort to hide the CN Tower. In fact, this is the case for most (if not all) of Cronenberg's films. See also Videodrome and Crash.
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The pilot for Quantico, set in Virginia (flashbacks) and New York City (present), was shot in Atlanta; the series was shot in Québec. For season two production transferred to NYC.
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In Knowing, Melbourne serves as a stand-in for both Boston and parts of New York City.
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Parodied by The Fast Show in the Shore Leave sketch. The sailors start singing that they are in New York in what is clearly Newcastle.
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Third Watch is set and filmed in New York.
The fictional 55th precinct on the show was supposedly "uptown" Manhattan, but they filmed extensively in the outer boroughs with the exteriors for the firehouse and precinct house being in Long Island City, Queens.
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Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, set in New York, was filmed there.
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The Bold and the Beautiful likes to avert this when characters go overseas, with shooting in locations like Barbados and Italy (both places where the show's very popular).
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The same location was used as well in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the prequel TV series, standing for Greece, the Hatay republic (now in Turkey), Egypt and Mexico. The Mexican episode was later recut and released as a TV movie with additional scenes in the American SW that were really filmed in the American SW, and it is quite amusing to see how the vegetation and terrain suddenly change as soon as the main character crosses the frontier. Grass Is Greener here indeed...
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Averted in the 1960s film The Great Escape after they initially tried to plan filming in California. After being frustrated finding remotely acceptable grove of appropriate-looking trees (let alone appropriate-looking forests), they decided to film the entire movie in Germany because "Germany looks like Germany," resulting in a film with visuals so rich it at times bordered on Scenery Porn.
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The Departed is an odd example. It's set in Boston, and some scenes (two weeks' worth) were filmed there, but the majority was filmed in New York. Due to the success of the film, one of the first bills signed into law by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick was the creation of a massive (25%) tax credit for filmmaking in the Commonwealth. Subsequent films set in Boston, including Ben Affleck's first two movies as a director, have thus been filmed in Boston.
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The Mentalist averted this (mostly) for the first six seasons, setting the show in California as well as filming there. Now that the show has moved to Austin, it's no longer averting the trope.
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Wildfire takes place in central California (east of Oakland), but was filmed in New Mexico because of tax incentives. A riverside location frequently used in this series also turns up in Breaking Bad.
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Cybergirl was set in a fictitious city named "River City", which was a very thinly-veiled version of Brisbane (the location of River City was never given).
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Same goes for How I Met Your Mother and, like Seinfeld, the street scenes are clearly filmed on Southern California movie lots, not actual streets. Another TV series that frequently shows off its New York City pride (and hate for New Jersey) in its scripts but that is entirely produced in California.
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Doubling has been aggressively averted on Breaking Bad, which is filmed almost entirely in the Albuquerque metro area. However, they turn around and approach the trope from the other end, because scenes set in Mexico are usually filmed in New Mexico with a yellow filter slapped over the camera lens.
The show was originally set in Riverside, east of Los Angeles, and was scheduled to shoot there before the company received a generous tax break from the city of Albuquerque. The production team eventually decided to change the setting to Albuquerque because the scenery was so distinctive.
That said, it's still played straight in both Breaking Bad and its prequel spinoff Better Call Saul, where Albuquerque also doubles for Houston, Philadelphia, Hanover Germany, and suburban Chicago.
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The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were filmed almost entirely in New Zealand, a country which apparently is the closest they could find to limitless untouched landscape, save for the scenes that required a green screen. According to the DVD extras, about the only location they couldn't find was the rolling green prairies of Rohan — a slightly less-mountainous area was used instead.
Peter Jackson also had New Zealand play California (The Frighteners) and New York (King Kong (2005)).
The Broadway hall where Carl Denham exhibits Kong to New York was played by Auckland's Civic Theatre. At the peak of the stage's proscenium arch is a winged globe with a silhouette of New Zealand clearly visible.
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Practically any movie set in the Middle East is filmed in Morocco for political and security reasons. In addition to ancient or medieval history films, Black Hawk Down has used Morocco to double for war-torn Somalia.
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has scenes set at the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. It is the first production in decades to get permission to actually film on-site, thanks to the official in charge of that decision being a fan of the series.
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X-Men: Apocalypse: The exterior of John Abbott College (located in a suburb of Montreal) was the stand-in for the Auschwitz concentration camp. The steel mill factory where Erik works is in Saint-Ours, a town about 75 km from Montreal. The East Berlin fight club venue is the Corona Theatre in Old Montreal.
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Highlander III: The Sorcerer has a scene set in a New York airport. One of the signs visible in the background reads "Bienvenue à Montréal".
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Burn Notice is set in Miami and filmed in Miami. They do everything they can to remind us of that. They often use the Miami area to double for various other locales, including West Africa in the pilot using careful camera shots and an orange "heat" filter.
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In the original Mission: Impossible it's astonishing how much of Eastern Europe looks like LA and its environs, or how Soviet cars (namely the KGB use-only GAZ M23 Volga and M13 Chaika) look remarkably like civillian Checker A12 Marathons.
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Most of the backgrounds for Yamaku High School in Katawa Shoujo, a Western-developed Dating Sim set in Japan, are actually pictures of the Brown University campus (located in Rhode Island). Additionally, in an instance of actual California Doubling, the kitchen from the Ibarazaki house appears to be of a not especially uncommon design in the San Francisco bay area.
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Fantastic Four (2005) has Vancouver doubling for New York. The ground-floor entrance of the Baxter Building is the Marine Building (which was also in Blade Trinity), and the intersection in the scene with the flipped cop car was made to look like New York with fake (and highly confusing) subway entrances and the hiding of an enormous Canadian Flag and the signage of a CIBC bank.
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Fantastic Four (2015) was shot mostly on a sound stage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with exterior shots of the city used to stand-in for New York. They even brought in authentic-looking New York buses to try and add to the illusion.
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This, by the way, is why the film's title is in Spanish on IMDB.
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Friends was set in New York City, but was filmed in Burbank, California. However, the fourth season finale was shot on location, in London. On the other hand, "The One in Barbados" was more like "The One in Hollywood".
The previous show filmed in that studio lot, Full House, had the variant of Southern California Doubling, given the setting was San Francisco.
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The Sopranos was set and filmed mostly in New Jersey. According to the creator, when he was trying to pitch the show to networks, various executives would often lose interest when he said that he wanted it filmed in New Jersey. He was later contacted by a producer from HBO, who was interested in the show specifically because the creator wanted it set in Jersey. (When Tony went to Italy on business, the show went there for real as well.)
Played straight in one scene in season 6's "Soprano Home Movies", which involved one of the Soprano crew carrying out a hit in Montreal; instead of going all the way to Montreal to film a scene that lasted less than a minute, they just filmed at an apartment complex in Brooklyn.
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine was mostly shot in New Zealand.
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Most subaquatic scenes since Thunderball were shot in the Bahamas (doubling for the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Caspian Seas).
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Every movie from the The Bourne Series was shot on location in Europe, as well as Goa, India in The Bourne Supremacy, and New York City in The Bourne Ultimatum.
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The Cannonball Run was about an illegal cross-country race that started in Connecticut, ended in Los Angeles, and never, ever left California.
Not exactly true, as a good portion was actually filmed in Georgia.
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Major League, the popular 1989 comedy about the Cleveland Indians baseball team, was not actually filmed in Cleveland but rather in Milwaukee. Milwaukee's County Stadium acted as a stand-in for the Indians' then-home, Cleveland Municipal Stadium. However, since the two ballparks were relatively close in age and architectural style, it was a plausible alternate. Such was not the case, however, for the movie's sequel, Major League II, which also was not filmed in Cleveland but instead in Baltimore. That movie was shot in the fall of 1993, which just so happened to be in between the seasons that—in real life—the Indians moved from their old home at Cleveland Stadium to their new home, Jacobs Field (now known as Progressive Field). Producers used the Baltimore Orioles' home ballpark, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, as the Indians' home stadium. Oriole Park was built just two years before Jacobs Field and featured the same architects and neo-classical style as Jacobs Field, so one would think that producers would have used the stadium as a stand-in for Jacobs Field. However, producers instead inexplicably dressed up Oriole Park as the Indians' old stadium, Cleveland Stadium, despite the fact that the former was 56 years newer than the latter and bore no physical resemblance to it. Producers were so sloppy with the stand-in that one can notice numerous advertisements for local Baltimore businesses left conspicuous despite the film supposedly taking place in Cleveland.
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Field of Dreams has Dubuque, Iowa filling in for most of non-Fenway Park Boston, and Galena, Illinois filling in for Chisholm, Minnesota, both being within a 50-mile radius of the farm that served as the Kinsella home.
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Tomorrow Never Dies is partially set in Vietnam, but given the Vietnamese authorities vetoed shortly before filming, the crew actually filmed in Thailand (some scenes even denounce the backgrounds are the same as in The Man with the Golden Gun).
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An episode of The Sentinel, which was set in Washington, had a scene in one episode by a big bell. With 'RCMP' stamped on it.
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The pilot episode of Justified was shot in Western Pennsylvania, doubling for Kentucky. Subsequent episodes have the more common Southern California doubling, though this was averted for one episode that actually took place in Southern California.
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Constantine:
The series was filmed in Atlanta, and the show partially averts the trope by having three episodes set in Atlanta proper. "A Feast of Friends" in particular prominently features two Atlanta landmarks, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Fox Theatre.
However, Constantine, Chas, and Zed go all around the United States, and one point, Mexico, to quell paranormal activity, and for every location outside Atlanta, the show plays the trope straight.
The Ford Buildings on the campus of Berry College in northwest Georgia doubled for Ravenscar Asylum in Northern England. The exterior shots of Constantine's millhouse hideout were also filmed on the campus of Berry College.
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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed was filmed in Vancouver, but is set in the fictional US town of Coolsville.
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Most of The Man in the High Castle was shot in Vancouver (the remainder was shot in Seattle). The third season at least bothers to digitally insert mountains local to Denver, Colorado into the background of scenes set there.
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Die Another Day: North Korea and Cuba are communist nations who understandably wouldn't want to be involved with the Cold Warrior, so they used Hawaii and England for the former and Spain for the latter.
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Cold Case has occasional location shots in Philadelphia, but has many scenes clearly filmed in LA: the architecture that is supposedly "Germantown" or "the River Wards" has no business anywhere that gets harsh winters. Los Angeles Metro Rail has stood in for the Broad Street Subway at least once, as well. Any scene involving the cops standing outside their workplace is a bit strange since it's the same building that the FBI's LA bureau uses in NUMB3RS, shot from below the bridges.
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Short Circuit 2 was set in New York City, but obviously shot completely in Toronto and environs (including scenes at the Eaton Centre and World's Biggest Bookstore, two famous Toronto landmarks). You can even see the CN Tower in some shots if you look closely.
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Yosemite National Park also stood in for the Himalayas in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
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 Ivy League
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