Most Common London Film Locations

London, along with the Great British Isles has been a marvelous place for filming all kinds of celebrated movie classics for quite some time. London film locations has been more than just a setting, rather they’re often referred as ‘setting as character’ for most of its distinguished films. It’s the combination of old world beauty and new world refinement that makes the city such as a magical place for film locations.

With its picturesque scenes and iconic landmarks, countless of production companies have used the city for Hollywood movies, which is seen in all type of movie genres of American and English movies.

Here are some popular London film locations that never fail to amuse moviegoers and tourists alike:

The Thames River

With its romantic ambiance, Thames River has been a prevalent choice for tranquil setting. Trafalgar and Lester Square are the two most popular spots for city shots. In the past couple of years, Notting Hill also becomes a well-liked choice.

The Big Ben

The world’s most renowned clock which also happens to be the symbol of United Kingdom has become very popular for setting for Rom-Com movies. Strategically located at the heart of the city and can be seen for miles, the Big Ben has been part of countless of Hollywood and other international movies. Standing at the eastern end of the British Parliament building, this 98 meter high tower named after Benjamin Hall, it has been one of the most famous, if not the most famous symbol of London.

The Big, red double-decker buses

Along with the black taxi cabs, red double-decker buses are the primary symbols of London’s transportation. These two vehicles are highly recognized around the world, and are often used in filming, allowing movies to get strategic shots of the city life from the vantage point of being on the bus.

The Queens Guard

It’s no secret that those royal guards you see in front of the Buckingham Palace (and other places in London and Windsor) have been popular subjects as platform for satire in countless comedy movies. People make faces at them, adjust their hats and clothes, etc. to them move from their spot or even just get some reaction.

Cathedrals and Churches

For scenes that require old and mystical atmosphere, old cathedrals and churches in London has been a popular choice. Saint Paul’s Cathedral and the Westminster are the two most common options for film makers. With its dome, Saint Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most recognizable structures in London, and it’s often used in promotional material and postcard images.

The Red Telephone Box

Phone booths are all over the city, and they’ve been widely used for snap shots in and around London. There are lots of them in the city, and most of the time they are used to show the particular location the characters are in.

The Subway

London subway has been widely used for action scenes. It’s relatively easy to access and easily sets the atmosphere and tone of the scene without using much budget.

London certainly has a lot of things to offer, especially to film makers who wants to utilize the architectural brilliance of the city’s ancient structures for the filming of their movies.

A Review on Best 10 Comedies of All-Time

Safety Last, which was release in 1923, was a story about an energetic, American youth who will do anything to show his girl that he is a successful man in the city. The film was directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, and actor is Harold Lloyd. This movie is remembered for its thrilling climax and humorous stunts on the edge of a twelve-story building.

The gold Rush in 1925 is all about Chaplin’s slapstick comedy, social satire and tender dramatic moments. Little Tramp portrayed by Chaplin is the most popular character. A classic scene in this movie is Little Tramp eating his own shoes out of starvation.

The general in 1927 is about two lovers. Perhaps, this is considered as the most distant of all silent comedies. This movie is an imaginative sequence of Bustone Keaton comedy.

Duck Soup is Marx Brothers and director Leo McCarey’s greatest and funniest classic comedy of all times. But this is a brilliant satire and mockery blundering of Fascism.

It happened one night, which was released in1934, is one of the greatest romantic comedies. This is a pioneer screwball comedy film. The story takes place during the time of depression and casts pairing or mismatched couple Gable and Colbert.

A night at the opera featured in1935 is a musical comedy. This was Thirteen Marx Brothers’ most popular film and it brought financial success to them.

My man Godferey in 1936 is a screwball comedy of a forgotten man. This film was directed by Gregory La Cava.

The awful Truth in 1937 is about two married divorcee. The producer or director is Leo McCarey and the story is about witty marital mismatches and hilarious romantic hostility of Cary and Irene.

Brining up baby in 1938 is about the screwball comedy of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. It was directed by the most versatile director Howard Hawk and considered as the most definitive screwball film.

His girl Friday (1940) is Howard Hawks’s modern-style screwball comedy. Though this movie runs for 3 hours, it is known for its breathtaking and fast moving story with enough dialogues. This movie emphasizes the argument about women who are in between marriage or career.

Comedians Getting Their Break Through Comedy Competitions

People pursuing a career in comedy have a long and arduous road in front of them before they hit the big bucks, but comedy competitions often provide the much needed exposure they need to take their careers to the next level. Whether it’s stand-up, screenplays, or short film, comedy is often the hardest pursuit in entertainment because comedy unlike many other genres of entertainment is subjective. Luckily for the struggling artists out there, more and more companies — like Doritos, TurboTax, Nabisco — are putting their advertising dollars out there for comedic-user-generated ad competitions.

TurboTax recently had a contest on YouTube that asked for people to do comedic material on taxes. Hundreds of comics came up with their best tax jokes and posted them to the TurboTax YouTube page.

Stand-up comic John Ramsey won that competition, claiming the prize of $10,000 and opening for Jay Mohr at the Improv Comedy Club.

TV has long been the holy grail for stand-up comics but the opportunities are getting fewer with the recent cancellation of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”. TV still offers chances to aspiring comics through TV One’s ‘Who’s Got Jokes”, which is hosted Bill Bellamy, and also NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” but they will be competing against many other performing artists such as dancers, singers, and chainsaw jugglers. TV competitions are few and far between but offer their contestants a platform which offers exposure like no other.

For the comedic writers out there, the LA Comedy Shorts Festival is a great opportunity to compete in many competitions like comedic short films and screenplays. With big names attached to the event like Adam Corolla, Will Ferrall, and Jud Apatow, winners of these competitions have the opportunity to live the Hollywood dream. Other screenwriting competitions are out there like the one put on by The ScreenWriting Expo, but no other puts so much focus on comedic talent.