Chances are that even if you’ve never been to Boston, you’ve seen a movie set there. Many of them feature gangsters, exaggerated Bostonian accents, and crime. Lots of crime. But don’t let that give you the wrong idea, Boston is one of the safest large cities in the United States. Here are 10 films to watch before visiting the city.
The Departed (2006)
This classic 2006 remake of Infernal Affairs is set in South Boston and centres around a police force trying to stop organised crime. A young cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) has to infiltrate a mob run by gang chief Costello (Jack Nicholson). There are many twists and turns as the movie goes on. Though many scenes were shot in New York, Colin Sullivan’s (Matt Damon) penthouse was filmed at the top floor of Suffolk University Law School’s library.
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
This 1997 movie brought Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to fame and also features the late Robin Williams. Good Will Hunting tells the story of Damon’s character, a troubled young mathematical genius who works as a janitor at MIT, as he gains direction and insight from a psychologist (Williams). A legendary scene between the two takes place on a Boston Public Garden bench.
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The Town (2010)
An iconic Boston film, The Town concerns Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), who leads a group of bank robbers from Charlestown. They live with no attachment until MacRay falls in love with a woman (Rebecca Hall) taken hostage during a holdup by fellow robber James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner). The film ends with an unforgettable heist at Fenway Park, America’s oldest MLB ballpark.
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Mystic River (2003)
Mystic River, an acclaimed mystery-drama based on Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon as three men who grew up together. After a shared childhood incident, the three drift apart but reunite after one of them suffers a terrible family tragedy. The movie is partially filmed in East Boston, most notably along the Tobin Bridge, and at a grocery store on K Street in South Boston.
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Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016, Spotlight is based on the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the massive child molestation scandal by numerous Roman Catholic priests in the Boston area in the early 2000s. The series of investigative stories by the Spotlight team (played by Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton) won them the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Though most of the filming takes place in Ontario, Canada, some scenes are filmed at the Boston Globe and at Figueroa’s Market on Parker Street in Roxbury.
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While many of Boston’s movies are crime-filled dramas, or based on tragic real-life events, Ted takes a raunchy departure. This comedy follows John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), whose childhood wish of his teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) coming to life comes true. He must now decide between his relationship with Ted and his relationship with his girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis). The movie is filmed around Boston, with Lori’s and John’s apartment on Chandler Street, and a restaurant scene filmed at Sorellina.
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Fever Pitch (2005)
In this romantic comedy, Lindsay (Drew Barrymore) finds herself stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben (Jimmy Fallon) and his passion for the Red Sox. Fever Pitch was originally a book and later a film about Arsenal football club’s miraculous title win in 1989, with the remake moving to Fenway Park and around Boston.
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The Boondock Saints (1999)
This 1999 crime-thriller stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins trying to rid Boston of evil as an FBI agent (Willem Dafoe) tracks them. While much of the film is shot in Canada, the epic final scenes are all filmed at locations around Boston, including at the famous Copley Square.
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The Fighter (2010)
This drama focuses on the true story of boxer ‘Irish’ Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) as he trains with his brother (an Oscar-winning turn by Christian Bale) to go pro in the 1980s. The Fighter is set and filmed in Lowell, Massachusetts along the Merrimack River, where Ward and his family live in real life.
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Shutter Island (2010)
Shutter Island, a mystery-thriller based on Dennis Lehane’s bestselling novel, is set in 1954 as a US marshal (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. The movie was filmed in Medfield and Tauton, and at the East Point lighthouse in Nahant, Massachusetts. Shutter Island is set on one of the Boston Harbor islands.
Scout at the correct time. Attempt to check out the area on the exact same day or time of the day that you mean to do your shoot. Elements such as street traffic, sound and the volume of travelers or other visitors are impacted day by day and time of your see or shooting.
Do not forget your spending plan. Examine to make certain that the place is within your spending plan. Keep in mind to take into consideration any extra devices such as a phase, lights, etc to dress up the movie place.
Individuals– such as your manufacturer or investor– might put pressure on you to validate the place right away. You do not desire to be sorry for the area you’ve selected later on.
Get approval. Inspect regional laws and guideline and protect any authorization required ahead of time. Ask if you require an unique clearance to utilize unique types of devices.
In addition, check that the following facilities are readily available at your picked movie area:
parking area for all your automobiles
Here are some ideas that will assist you select the movie area that is finest for your task.
Select an area that matches the setting in the story. Does the script define an area?
The movie place can genuinely make or break the whole task.
Whether it’s an indie movie or a significant production, among the greatest choices filmmakers deal with is where to shoot the movie.
- restroom centers
- power plugs and materials, and electrical energy
- lunch location for the cast and team
- mobile service or signal
- over night lodgings
The majority of states have directory sites or guides noting production services offered to filmmakers intrigued in shooting in their cities. The guides are normally put out by the state movie commissions (which you can discover by calling your town hall) to motivate productions to utilize regional organisations to assist the state’s economy.
Do not forget to put the word out to good friends, household, and associates that you’re trying to find areas You never ever understand who might have a fantastic area that you can utilize for among your scenes.
An area supervisor handles the areas after you’ve discovered them. Your area supervisor can likewise double as your area scout on a lower-budget production.
Examining possible places.
Recording on a soundstage or in a storage facility is not constantly useful– you simply might not have the spending plan to do it. In some cases you can discover an area at which you can movie free of charge or for a cost that’s within your spending plan. By shooting on area, you do not need to go back to square one and construct sets for each scene in your movie (not useful at all on a low spending plan).
Whether you’re in Los Angeles, New York, or a village in the Midwest, you’re sure to discover uninhabited structures that can work marvels for your story and are simply waiting to be taken down or refurbished. From an old dining establishment that’s been closed down to a bank that closed its doors, you can normally work out with the structure owner or the federal government to movie on this existing set.
You’re casting your movie with stars who have a great deal of character, so why not discover areas with character, too? Do not list generic areas like a dining establishment or a book shop; choose particular settings that will be remarkable to your audience, such as a charming store book shop or a French café with a patio area neglecting a park. Does your protagonist reside in a little, unpleasant house or a luxurious home on gated premises with an Olympic-sized pool?
Of course, you can likewise go through the script yourself and write down all the places without having to utilize a computer system. After you have a list of the settings for your movie, you can begin looking for the real places that will fit your story.
Handling place scouts and supervisors
A place scout browses out the best places for your movie– this individual is your “reel” estate broker. Contact your regional movie commission (if there’s one in your city) and ask if it can advise an area scout, or call your city allow workplace and ask if it can refer you to a place scout.
When choosing on areas, make sure that they’re proper for noise. You do not desire a place that’s too near a building or the highway website. Here’s a list of things to think about when hunting areas:
A place scout browses out the best areas for your movie– this individual is your “reel” estate broker. Anybody can be a place scout, however somebody who does it for a living will be familiar with every type of area, conserving you weeks or even months of browsing for the best location. Contact your regional movie commission (if there’s one in your city) and ask if it can suggest a place scout, or call your city allow workplace and ask if it can refer you to a place scout.
- Is parking offered for cast, devices, and team cars?
- Is it near restroom centers (a regional dining establishment or a public park)?
- Is it in a peaceful place (far from traffic, train tracks [unless out-of-service], factories, and outside water fountains)?
- Exists offered electrical energy to plug in your lights? (If not, you’ll require a generator.).
- If you’re shooting out of town, exist over night lodgings close by?
- Exists air-traffic sound if the website is on path to the airport?
- Do you have area to establish a picnic location to feed your cast and team?
- Can you get authorization to shoot there? Do you require an authorization? Can you pay for to movie there?
- Does utilizing the website need the hiring of a law enforcement officer to stop foot or street traffic?
- Exists a copy shop neighboring (for copying the next day’s schedule)?
- Do cellular phone operate in the location? If not, exist public phones close by?
Discovering the best place that works both inside as a outdoors and interior as an outside might be tough. Keep in mind that you can movie the outside of a home and after that utilize a various home’s interior, and even build the indoor spaces on a soundstage. Doing so provides you a more regulated environment.
Another benefit of shooting on a soundstage is that you can establish numerous interior sets for various places in your script without needing to move your entire production group. You can have a courtroom, a cellblock, an apartment or condo, a cafe, and an interior snack bar all on the exact same soundstage.
Sounding off about soundstages.
Soundstages are a hassle-free method to shoot interior scenes primarily since you do not have to fret about unexpected noises disrupting your takes. A soundstage is an acoustic environment that has actually padded walls that soak up noise to avoid a reverb or echo in your discussion, as would occur if you recorded in an uncarpeted space.
Possibilities are it was shot on a regulated soundstage when you see an airport and aircraft scene in a movie. Air Hollywood in Los Angeleshouses a number of plane bodies that have detachable walls and seats for hassle-free recording. Air Hollywood likewise has a complete airport that consists of X-ray makers, a publication shop, and a bar.
Taking a photo: Say “cheese” and “thank you”.
With the arrival of digital still cams, you can snap some terrific place photos to reveal your cinematographer and other team members what places you need to select from. And you can download the images to a computer system and e-mail them completely, crisp color to whomever requirements to see them– whether they’re throughout town or throughout the world! Images are likewise useful in preparing your shots after you select the places you wish to utilize.
A place supervisor handles the areas after you’ve discovered them. Your area supervisor can likewise double as your area scout on a lower-budget production.