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The location set from The Proposition. Set location for the 2005 Australian western film, The Proposition.
  • Location, Location

    Ever wondered if a film shot on location was filmed in the actual place it depicts? Find out about interesting film and television locations near Melbourne.

    In filmmaking, a location is any place where a film crew will be filming actors and recording their dialogue. Filmmakers often choose to shoot on location because they believe that greater realism can be achieved in a "real" place; however, location shooting is often motivated by the film's budget. Many films shoot interior scenes on a sound stage and exterior scenes on location.

    Watch a set of videos and answer the questions to find out more about film location:

    Download the resource worksheet [doc] 


    Ebon Olsen - Underbelly

    Questions

    • Why do some filmmakers choose to shoot their film on the streets and not in a studio?
    • Make a list of locations that could pass for another locations, for example, a laneway in Melbourne could be used to depict a location in New York City.

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    Rockwiz - Espy Hotel

    Questions:

    • Sometimes locations can create the feeling of realism and authenticity. Why does Rockwiz film in a hotel?
    • Think of some TV examples where location adds to the realistic nature of the show?

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    Ben Morieson - Summer Heights High/Angry Boys

    Questions:

    • How does the choice of location add to the emotion of the scenes in Angry Boys?
    • What film and TV shows can you think of where the location plays an integral part in telling the story or is even part of the story itself? 

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    Sideshow Alley

    Questions:

    • How does the relationship between music and location enhance the mood of a scene?
    • How does the choice of location add to the emotion of the video clip?

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    Activities

    Explore

    Browse the locations catalogued at filmmelbournelocations.com. Choose five and think about the genres or types of stories that these locations would match.

    Create

    Try capturing locations for specific genres, such as romance, action, thriller, drama and film noir. Focus on objects or features in the environment that would make the location interesting, such as a path, a bridge, seating, an interesting tree or a doorway.

    Download the resource worksheet [doc] 

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    About ACMI Education

    Screen and digital literacy play a critical role in empowering the creative and learning capacity of young people. At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), we’re inspiring a new generation of moving image makers.

    Our Education team delivers unique, curriculum-focused programs for students and teachers, including film screenings, talks, workshops and exhibition tours. Programs outlined are conducted within our cinemas, studios and exhibition spaces, including our permanent exhibition Screen Worlds, and the Australian Mediatheque.

    Visit the ACMI Education Page for information on programs and learning resources. 

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