Typically moviegoers don’t consider all of the different things that go into movie production. People who watch these films typically consider the action on screen, the story-line, and perhaps admire a favorite actor or actress. Movies require an extensive amount of preparation, work, and effort to make every scene you see look picture perfect. One of the aspects of film-making that’s of vital concern is how much the scenery location matters.
Scenery in a movie creates a backdrop for the action and story. The scenery is important, because it must make the audience believe in what is happening with the story. If the story from the film is set in a northern area during the winter, it’s expected that the scenery should be snowy or cold. Stories set in forests require a forest. A movie with a small town or a large city location will be best perceived in a town or city of the necessary size.
There are different ways of creating movie scenery. In the past, producers used filming locations or movie sets for the scenery. A filming location requires the crew to go scout out locations that’re appropriate for their film. They often do this in pre-production and sometimes during production. The crew should try to scout out locations during pre-production as much as possible – do it sooner than later so there isn’t a rush during production to find a perfect filming location. Real filming locations may also require permits. A movie set is something completely constructed on a movie lot or sound stage. Movie sets can be more expensive, but they are easier to control and to ensure mistakes aren’t made while filming.
The future of filmmaking appears to be angling more toward the use of green screen sets and CGI backdrops. Films like Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, The Avengers, Man of Steel, Avatar, and more all use plenty of green screen and CGI backdrops. Some filmmakers criticize the use of green screens and CGI backdrops in film-making. The criticism mainly rests in that it doesn’t look real enough. The benefits of using this method are that it’s far easier to create fantasy and action movie settings using this design. The best way of handling green screen and CGI filming backdrops seems to be to combine it with real locations when possible. Films like Lord of the Rings have perfect CGI effects and beautiful real filming locations. They also used sets when they could. This created a far more realistic appearance to the films. The Hobbit films used mainly green screen and CGI effects with some real locations. This made the film seem a little more inauthentic, although it is still nearly perfect CGI.
The use of movie scenery is as much a part of the movie as the cast and the story being told. They can sometimes use the scenery as some help to them while they’re acting. Some have problems with being authentic in their acting when performing in green screen spaces. They rarely complain about having real sets or locations to work with though. Even when an actor or actress isn’t the best, the right filming location can make all the difference to still keep their performance strong.
Finally, a movie’s scenery is important because the scenery itself can tell part of the story. Clips of a landscape or a city scape can convey the season, the time of day, or even the mood of the film. A cold and dark view of a city makes the audience grasp a mood of gloom or of grittiness. A beautiful forest may make the audience feel at ease or transported into a fantasy story.
Whether a filming crew chooses to use a filming location, sound stage, back lot, or a green screen, they’re obligated to choose the best thing to transport their audience into their film. Good story telling uses excellent actors, crew, and the perfect movie scenery to pull it all together. Move magic is all about illusion. A big part of that illusion lies with the scenery.