You might have, at some point, wondered why a location is not showing on here. To be perfectly honest, if we’re playing the odds, it wasn’t a mistake. Plenty of them are ignored on purpose. Here’s a list:
- Interiors — Okay, this is the most obvious if you’ve browsed at least a couple of pages on this site, but it does not feature scenes shot inside of buildings and restaurants (and whatever else). There are actually two reasons why. First reason is, to be frankly honest, I’m a perfectionist. Preparing new articles isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes, it’s more like blood, sweat and tears. It can take days. Or it can take forever (I have plenty of unfinished and unpublished material in my computer). Now I’ll get to the point — interiors are impossibly difficult to guess. In 99% of the cases you have to rely on information that’s been officially published by some source (newspaper articles, production notes, etc), you can’t figure that out by yourself. And even worse. You could be going on a pointless hunt because there are considerable odds that the scene was filmed on a studio soundstage. Boom! So you can guess that being obsessed with the idea of my material being as accurate and complete as possible, I’d be nuts to add more stress and frustration to my research. Second reason? Interiors don’t interest me quite as much, simply put.
- Random roads, anywhere — Now picture this. The main character is on a roadtrip and can be seen rolling on some highway near Palmdale, CA. Nothing stands out about that road. As a matter of fact, the character could drive five more minutes and you still couldn’t tell by looking at his surroundings if he had moved at all. See what I’m getting at? That’s right. Not only could that part of the road be anywhere, but nothing at all makes it interesting. That’s a boring road like every other one out there. And I don’t want to bore my readers, so there you go.
- Shots not involved in the story — Quite a few movies start with multiple shots of a city. If we’re going to dig into the movies I’ve covered so far, Dog Day Afternoon is one of them. If they are shots of landmarks, I might include them in my articles, but as a general rule, I don’t.
- Indiscernible shots — This can mean many things. It can refer to a closeup of a door. A closeup of a character walking on the street, or a normal shot, but plunged in the dark of the night. If I can’t see anything, I don’t see the point in trying to find out where this is, as we hardly recognize anything at all to start with. Some of the older black-and-white movies have this problem.
Ultimately, I’m doing all this to optimize my work and provide quality content to my readers.
Postscript: I just realized that this is the longest post I’ve ever made, damn! On a side note, remember that your questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome!