I don’t know the name of the first movie made in Nevada, but Moon Over Las Vegas–Comedy, Music, Romance–was released in 1944. It may have been filmed entirely in Hollywood even though the main female character goes to Las Vegas. In any event, Wikipedia doesn’t list it. It does list around 73 films made in Nevada. They tend to be action movies with titles like Thunder Run and The Gauntlet or extra terrestrial tales like Mars Attacks and Independence Day or adult-themed flicks like Showgirls and Leaving Las Vegas, which is also NOT on the Wiki list.
New Hampshire, if you trust Wikipedia, has been used for location shooting by only about 30 films. Most are low-profile but not all. On Golden Pond, Jumanji, and Lolita are on the list. So, of course, is The Hotel New Hampshire.
Hundreds of films have been made in New Jersey. That’s because this state was the movie industry’s main home before Hollywood happened. In fact, the very first movies were made in New Jersey. The movie camera was invented in Thomas Edison’s West Orange, New Jersey laboratory. The classic early movie The Great Train Robbery was entirely shot in New Jersey. nj1015.com lists the top 20 movies filmed here. It’s impressive–Goodfellas, The Godfather Part III, When Harry Met Sally, etc.
New Mexico. Since Breaking Bad put Albuquerque on the production map, filming in New Mexico has boomed. The New Mexico Film Office (nmfilm.com) lists both films in production and those wrapped. Longmire, Season 5 is in production; Better Call Saul, Season 2 has wrapped. A really good recent film made in New Mexico is Sicario.
New York. Like California, who can count? The New York film commission is one of the most active, and great films like Emelie are resulting.
According to visitnc.com, more than 800 feature films like Iron Man 3 and The Hunger Games series have been made in North Carolina…since 1980.
North Dakota is the opposite of North Carolina. Wikipedia lists only 10 film shoots. They have names like Flight of the Red Tail. When released, Flight of the Red Tail was 12 minutes long. American Honey might change things for North Dakota and revive Shia LaBeouf’s career. American Honey debuted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. During filming, Shia was injured on the set. Having crushed his hand in a car accident before that, he’s having a rough period. North Dakota reigns as the state with the fewest films made there. One ND travel website suggests making your movie here in the summer when yellow crops are at their peak.
Ohio has not been a movie production magnet. axs.com features “cool, scary movies” like Homebodies (?) that have been made there. The Shawshank Redemption, a fine film based on a Stephen King novella, is the best made-in-Ohio movie, in my opinion. Even though King set his story in Maine, the film was made at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield.
Oklahoma! This state has been home to many well-known performers, but not a lot of movies have been made there. A recent one filmed on location in Bartlesville, Pawhuska, and Ochelata was August: Osage County. The Outsiders was made in Tulsa probably because its author, S.E. Hinton, lives there.
The first film made in Oregon was a silent one, The Fisherman’s Bride. It was made in Astoria, a wonderful travel destination, and was released in 1909. Several projects have upped Oregon’s production profile: Grimm, Portlandia, The Boxtrolls. There are so many movie and TV projects filming in Oregon that Wiki lists them by region. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the second film to win all five major Academy Awards, was filmed in Salem and on the Oregon Coast in Depoe Bay.
The classic film The Philadelphia Story was not shot in Pennsylvania. It was made in Culver City, California. The 6th Sense was filmed in Philly. So was Rocky. Who can forget the jogging scene? I thought about it when Ruth & I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2013. It was too hot that day to run up steps.
Over 30 films have been made in Rhode Island. There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, and Me, Myself & Irene are 3 of them because the Farrelly brothers grew up in Cumberland. The Rhode Island Film and TV Office beckons with “Smallest State, Greatest Backlot”.
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