How did you get started in visiting filming locations?
Do you only visit locations if you’ve watched a certain show/film?
Often, yes, simply because it interests me. However I do keep a database of filming locations with the addresses, so I will sometimes visit a location if I’m nearby, even if I haven’t seen that show/movie. An example is the IT movies, which I’ve never watched. However they were filmed near me, so I did stop by to visit the locations.
What has been your favorite location that you’ve been to so far?
I think my favourite single location was the Home Alone house, simply because it took me so long to visit. I never seemed to be in Chicago during my travels, so it was really exciting when I finally went to Chicago and saw the house.
It was amazing to explore the CBS Radford lot in Hollywood, because it isn’t open to the public. I had a private visit, and it was very cool to be able to see the lot!
My most memorable experience was visiting the village from Billy Elliot. I was shown around by the town councilor and some village historians. I was honoured to meet them all and have them share their knowledge and history with me.
Have you visited Wilmington, NC? The house used in Muppets in Space is there.
I haven’t, but I’ll put it on my list in case I’m in the area. I do love the Muppets!
How do you find the exact spot?
I have a variety of ways to track down locations. I always just start with a Google search. Google maps is also a great tool. I also generally get some screen shots of the movie or show to help me. I have some other tips here on my Location Hunting Tips page.
Do you have any local assistance?
Usually no, I do the research myself. If I have a friend who lives near a location, I may ask them for a bit of help or advice. When I travel, I try and stay with friends, as it’s a great chance to catch up.
What’s your favorite 80’s movie?
I love some of the classic 80’s movies! Ghostbusters and Back To The Future were the first movies I ever watched on video (back when you had to rent VCRs). I also love a lot of John Hughes movies like Uncle Buck and Ferris Bueller. A Christmas Story and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure are other classic 80’s films.
Are there movies you really want to visit the locations from?
LOTS! As much as I’ve visited, I still have a list of locations I want to see. I’d love to get to Austria to visit The Sound of Music locations. I also want to visit some of the Forrest Gump locations. One day I hope to visit the castle used in the Rocky Horror Picture Show as well.
What have your experiences been meeting owners of houses/buildings?
Everyone has been nice, honestly. I’ve never had anyone be rude. The woman who owns The Goldbergs house was very sweet. She pulled up to the house as I was taking photos. She put her groceries in the house and then came outside to chat for a while.
The lady who owns the Rose Apothecary (actually a wool store) from Schitt’s Creek was really nice as well. She told us about how the show is filmed, and how they put up a fake back wall to her store.
When I visited the Wheeler house from Stranger Things, they had a LOT of no trespassing signs. It seemed over the top, but I imagine they’ve had some issues with trespassers.
Have you ever broken the law or gotten into trouble while visiting locations?
NO!!! But actually yes….. nothing major. When visiting the golf-kart and mini-golf locations from an indie movie I was in, Undercover Angel, I may have passed a couple “do not enter” signs. The lot is abandoned and has been for sale for years. I wanted to see the site before it was potentially sold and destroyed, so I took the risk.
I was also in Santa Monica and I pulled over to put an address into the GPS. But a cop pulled up and told me it was a reserved parking spot. I told him I was just pulling over to be safe, instead of doing it while I was driving. He was quite nasty and told me it wasn’t allowed. So I drove a couple blocks away and used my GPS there.
Are you on social media?
How did you make this your job?
I didn’t. I work a full time job in the travel industry. This is just a hobby. I spend my own money to keep this site up, and to travel to these locations.
Have you met any celebrities?
I have met some, yes. To me, it’s more exciting to see locations, as I always feel awkward talking to celebrities. I have met the whole cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation at Ottawa Comiccon. I have also met a few celebrities from Broadway shows, as I’m a big theatre fan. I’ve even bumped into a couple celebrities here and there.
And there’s that one time I hung out with Jerry Springer in Vegas.
What are some of your favourite photos?
I’m glad you asked! Here are a few of my favourite highlights!