Corpse Bride (2005)

Some props from the 2005 Tim Burton / Mike Johnson film “Corpse Bride” can be found on display at Warner Bros. Studio as part of their studio tour. Here are miniatures of the characters in the film, along with some behind the scenes photos of the filmmakers using them in the film.

LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Erin Brockovich (2000)

The 2000 film “Erin Brockovich,” starring Julia Roberts and directed by Steven Soderbergh, tells the story of a woman who uncovers a water contamination case in the town of Hinkley, California.  Based on true events, the production did indeed shoot in the actual town, which is commendable for its efforts at location accuracy, since there are areas closer to Los Angeles that could’ve stood in.

Erin’s house can be found in Ventura, California.

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LOCATION: 545 Emma Ave, Ventura, CA 93003

Erin picks up her kids from the babysitter next door.  The house really is directly next door to Erin’s house.  After the babysitter moves out, George, played by Aaron Eckhart, moves in and begins babysitting Erin’s kids.

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LOCATION: 555 Emma Ave, Ventura, CA 93003

Erin takes her kids to this restaurant, where she makes an excuse for not eating, in order to cover up the fact she doesn’t have enough money to cover a meal for herself.

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LOCATION: 3159 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93003

Erin gets a job a Ed Masry’s office, which can be found in Reseda.

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LOCATION: 18645 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

After deciding to research the case further, Erin makes her way to the town of Hinkley, California, passing by the gas and electric company.

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LOCATION: 35863 Fairview Rd, Hinkley, CA 92347

Located just past the gas company is the house of Donna Jensen, played by Marg Helgenberger.  There’s not much to see from the road, as the properties are obscured by trees.

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LOCATION: Fairview Rd, Hinkley, CA 92347 (just after the gas buildings)

Erin visits the water board in an attempt to find incriminating records.

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LOCATION: 26949 Cote St, Boron, CA 93516

Erin interviews more possible victims of toxic water at this home, located in Boron.

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LOCATION: 26821 John St, Boron, CA 93516

She encounters a woman who initially refuses to participate in the case at this home.

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LOCATION: 12130 Kostopolous Ave, Boron, CA 93516

A judge decides the case merits going to trial at the Barstow Superior Court.

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LOCATION: 235 E Mountain View St, Barstow, CA 92311

Ed Masry holds a meeting with a group of upset plaintiffs at this building, located in Boron.

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of Boron Ave / John St, Boron, CA 93516 (GPS coordinates: 34°59’47.3″N 117°39’00.6″W)

Ed Masry upgrades to a new office, located in Glendale.

LOCATION: 505 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

Late in the film, Erin meets with George at this motel.

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LOCATION: 24147 Twenty Mule Team Rd, Boron, CA 93516

Big Fish (2003)

In Tim Burton’s 2003 film, “Big Fish,” an older Ed Bloom, played by Albert Finney, recounts tales of his life to his estranged son, Will, as he is sick and dying.  The Bloom house, from which most of the tales are told, can be found in the town of Wetumpka, Alabama.  The house sits perched in close proximity to a street full of local businesses and it’s almost easy to confuse it as another business space, but it is a private residence.

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LOCATION: 401 E Bridge St, Wetumpka, AL 36092

One of the most underappreciated film locations we’ve ever visited is the fictional town of “Spectre,” which is actually Jackson Lake Island in  Millbrook, Alabama.  We can only conclude the location isn’t more widely appreciated due to it’s lack of proximity to any destination cities.  It’s a real gem if you can make it there, however.

The island is privately owned, but the owners are quite accommodating to visitors, charging a very modest fee and offering anything from short term visits to overnight camping.  The island is fully accessible by car.  Upon arrival, you’ll reach a gate where you must pay the small entrance fee.  There are signs posted for a number to call after paying the fee.  After calling the number, you are given an access code to open the gate.  The island in general is beautiful and quiet.  It’s a great place to camp, even if you’re not a film lover.  More often than not, when locations such as these are used for a film, they usually get destroyed at the completion of production and the owners do their best to discourage visitation.  Jackson Lake Island is a refreshingly opposite case.  The property owners fully embrace the island’s connection to the film and preserved much of the look of Spectre.  It really does feel like you walked straight into the film when you arrive.

Here are the trees where a young Ed Bloom, played by Ewan McGregor, first arrives at Spectre.  As you can see, the trees were artificial props, but still remain standing.

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LOCATION: Jackson Lake Island, Millbrook, AL 36054

A sign stating “Welcome to Spectre,” just like the one seen in the film.

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One of our favorite touches is the fact that there is still a line strung, with shoes hanging from it, just like the little girl does to all visitors of Spectre, so that they might never leave.  Clearly the number of shoes has multiplied since filming ended.  If you’ve got an old pair you’re willing to part with, you too can add your shoes.

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Not all of the buildings seen in the film are still standing.  The town is shown a few different times in the film, first as a vibrant community, then in a nearly abandoned state of disrepair and finally as a restored town, thanks to Ed Bloom.  The buildings left now do not exactly look vibrant, but it’s still a great experience walking through the fictional town.  Here we’ll run through the remaining buildings, one by one.

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Last, but not least, is of course the town church.  Yes, those are goats standing in front of (and underneath) the church.  They are quite friendly.

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As far as filming locations go, we’d rank Jackson Lake Island among the best we’ve ever visited.  From the friendly owners, to the modest prices, to the beautiful scenery and of course the extraordinary preservation to how the town appeared in the film, there really isn’t much more you could ask from a filming location.  It may be out of the way from your usual tourist destinations, but it’s well worth making a detour.

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