On The Set
November 7, 2011 2:35 PM   Subscribe

Hervé Attia has made dozens of videos showing movie locations as they look in the present day juxtaposed with clips of the actual film. He also puts himself into the film sometimes. posted by gman (9 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I stumbled on this guy's YouTube videos several months ago when I Googled something about Close Encounters of the Third Kind while I was watching it on TV. I completely love this kind of stuff; seeing real-life locations and what they look like now, especially if it was a landmark film from a long time ago.
The Close Encounters one is awesome but I can't seem to find it. I know that some of his stuff gets taken down.
Also, I remember reading an exchange between him and the location guy for one of the films he did. The locations guy was really into it, if I recall correctly.
posted by chococat at 2:54 PM on November 7, 2011

This is cool, thanks for posting. I like to hear more of his back story on how he got involved in this and his process on matching film and current locations.
posted by incandissonance at 3:01 PM on November 7, 2011

I've always wanted to machine gun the hell out of a police car from the Fox Plaza.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 3:01 PM on November 7, 2011

Damn, this guy's dedicated. He seems to have wandered around the Black Hills matching up hills and gullies for Dances With Wolves.
posted by cmoj at 3:31 PM on November 7, 2011

I've just watched the Lost Boys video, and it's mesmerizing. Trained as I am to expect short bursts of 3 minute videos, this stuff is... it's hard to describe. "Gradual and slowly awesome" is what comes to mind.

In particular - 4:08, 5:24 and 8:24 are pretty spectacular. Seconding what cmoj said - this guy was crazy dedicated. I love that stuff like this exists.
posted by avoision at 5:52 PM on November 7, 2011

These are fun. Pretty damn impressive to match up not just buildings, but more vague landmarks such as natural formations, etc.

The folks at Cinemassacre have done a couple of these as well, including an exhaustive recap of Rocky filming locations
Other titles include Ghostbusters and Night of the Living Dead

Los Angeles is, of course, replete with well known filming locations. I'm pretty stoked to live down the street from the Dietrichson House from Double Indemnity
posted by ShutterBun at 6:03 PM on November 7, 2011

Just watched Lost Boys one and uh, holy shit! Way scarier than the original movie.

Great stuff, thanks for posting!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:06 PM on November 7, 2011

What a great idea, and with all the seldom-visited locations out there, the possibilities are endless. (Hmmm. Where would I go?) Looking forward to the Leone sites. I vote for a revisit to the "Never Cry Wolf" site, and maybe even "Reuben and Ed" ... I imagine Herve climbing higher and higher up the ladder of success.
posted by Twang at 3:00 PM on November 8, 2011

I live in the town where The Magnificent Seven was filmed. A friend of mine lives at what was one of the locations.
posted by eggtooth at 5:36 PM on November 8, 2011

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