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date: 19 May 2022


A Dictionary of Film Studies

Annette Kuhn,

Guy Westwell

Any place other than a studio where a film is partly or wholly shot. This can be an exterior, outdoor, location or an interior one; a building or other structure; or a vehicle. The production decision to film on location is based on story, cost, and practicality. It can be more economical to build sets for both exterior and interior scenes in the studio rather than moving cast and crew from place to place. Locations can add specific or spectacular visual elements, but all locations need to be practical to film in: small interior locations will be cramped and difficult to use, for example; exterior locations are subject to weather change; and in urban locations crowds of onlookers may need to be managed.... ...

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