However, firstly, this was not always the case, and secondly, there are such fantastic species on our planet that surpass any fantasy. Today we want to tell you about quite earthly places where completely unearthly films were shot.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Skelling Island, Ireland
In the latest film from the Star Wars series, there are scenes unfolding on a planet in a distant galaxy, but they were shot only on the remote Irish island of Skelling. Sharp bare rocks, billowing from the raging waves of the Atlantic Ocean, give the impression of an almost lifeless place, the refuge of the ascetics, which they used to be. This place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to ancient monastic cells carved into stone and resembling giant cells of a beehive.
Avatar – Huangshan, China
The mountain range in the eastern part of China looks absolutely unreal – high sharp rocks cling to the sky with stone peaks. Most often, their peaks are above the clouds, due to which an amazing optical effect is created – the “cloudy sea”. The rocks seem to be separate islands hanging in the air. Of course, in the Avatar movie this effect was supplemented with computer graphics, but the real picture that opens up in these places is much more impressive than what we saw on the screen.
“The Lord of the Rings” – New Zealand
New Zealand occupies 75th place in the world in terms of area, but the variety of its landscapes allowed the directors of the movie “The Lord of the Rings” to shoot here almost all the epic scenes of the Oscar-winning trilogy. Endless flowering meadows and hills around the city of Matamata remained the home of the Hobbits, because the flow of tourists convinced the city authorities not to dismantle the scenery, which so well fit into the natural environment. The incredibly long journey of the hobbits actually takes only two and a half hours by car: the eerie scenes of Mordor and the Damned Mountain, where the Ring was forged – these are lava deserts and volcanic landscapes of Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park.
“Kong: Skull Island” – Halong Bay, Vietnam
New film distribution takes the viewer to a lost island inhabited by ancient creatures. In fact, stony islands overgrown with dense tropical vegetation are Halong Bay, a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not surprisingly, the magical landscapes of 3000 islands, bays and rocks have become an ideal place to shoot a film about fictional animals and monsters; even from Vietnamese, the name of the bay translates as “where the dragon descended into the sea.”
“Krull” – Lanzarote Island, Spain
The action of this old film takes place on the fantastic planet “Krull”, whose role in 1983 successfully played the landscapes of the island of Lanzarote. Its landscape consists mostly of volcanic desert, black sand, stones and the acid-colored lakes. Like the rest of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a great place for a beach holiday, and thanks to this “unearthly” atmosphere – a tasty morsel for photographers.