Behind the scenes of iconic movie sets


From the long winded hallways of “The Shining” mansion to the quintessential “Hitchcock” shower scene from “Psycho”, there are many iconic film moments that incite recognition amongst even the most casual movie viewers.

Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is a classic amongst film snobs, and have inspired many amateur and professional directors to follow in his lead. Many were delighted when news of the TV show Bates’ Motel, a modern prequel to the movie, was announced to be released. The show follows the descent of Norman Bates into madness and offers insight into his past and his odd relationship with his mother. Set in a recreation of the original Psycho mansion, tours to the set are offered by the production company. Hitchcock revolutionized the horror film scene, and rightfully holds a spot as being one of the innovative and unorthodox movies of the mid-20th century.

The Shining is another movie that holds a lot of acclaim in the filmmaking industry. Kubrick’s cinematography incited a curious horror in viewers, cementing its role as one of the most influential thriller/dramas.

As for where some of these blockbusters are actually shot, three of the most popular seem to be Hollywood, naturally, Vancouver and London.

Many of the scenes from V for Vendetta, Doctor Who and Clockwork Orange were shot in London. The Big Ben, telephone boxes and other attributes of this English city often appear in many films. It’s sort of like the New York of England. Vancouver, along with Toronto, is often dubbed Hollywood North. It is also the birthplace of many well-known movies. Even those thought to be set in New York, San Francisco and even Japan, are actually set in this seaside city. These movies include the Twilight saga, Juno, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Man of Steel, The Interview and many more blockbusters. A flexible location, it seems to never really play itself.