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Other Filming Location References
When I began researching the sites where movies, TV shows and music videos have been filmed, I quickly discovered the wealth of knowledge already available on the subject. There are many film fans who’ve been visiting filming locations and sharing the details online for years before I came along. I certainly believe in giving credit where it’s due, so I want to offer my thanks to the people who’ve created some excellent resources for filming locations.
There are so many websites that contain filming location information, but I have a strong preference for the sites that I can tell are run by other devoted fans who actually visit the locations. I recommend these sites, which also happen to be run by people who’ve been to the “Hewitt house” from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).
For over 20 years, Tim Harden has published a site documenting every detail about the cast, crew and locations of the various Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels and reboots. His site is so exhaustive that I haven’t felt the need to post locations for any of the Chainsaw films other than The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Be sure to check out Tim’s page for all things Chainsaw.
The Silver Screen Sites team does terrific work matching images from films with the real-world locations they visit. I was surprised to learn that the page is run by fans Duane Graves and Dane Sears, who are also filmmakers in their own right. My friend Brad introduced me to Graves and his films, often filmed where other movies have been shot. Graves and Sears are making films, so there haven’t been many Silver Screen Sites updates recently, but it’s a resource worth enjoying, and I’m hoping they’ll return.
“Set-Jetter” Robert Patterson has been online for about a decade documenting his filming location travels, and lives up to the name, with location visits from around the USA. I’m sure that you’ll be as impressed as I am with how diligent he is in matching all of the screenshots used on a film, so be sure to check out his site.
Another well-traveled film fan shares his filming location details on the Then & Now Movie Locations site. The site features plenty of locations from across America, with addresses, screenshots and overhead views, so it’s a real goldmine for fans of filming locations.
Veva Vonler’s 2005 book is a superb guide for fans of filming locations in Texas. While it doesn’t have some of the specific addresses to each site, it offers a broad overview of the many projects that have been filmed in the Friendship state.
Alison Macor’s 2010 book expertly details the development of filmmaking in Austin. Her in-depth examination highlights the creative choices and the behind-the-scenes business decisions that shaped the films of such directors as Tobe Hooper, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Tim McCanlies and many others. It’s not a book about filming locations, but it’s a tremendous read for anyone interested in the business of filmmaking.