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Wed, Jun 9, 2021 3:39 AM

Someone is adding the same fake filming locations to movies that are still in pre-production

Hi. I started noticing this as I was scrolling through some movies. They all have the same filming location added (some several), even if the movie was filmed entirely in the UK, America, Canada etc. I've compiled a list:

Detective Pikachu: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9664112/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Mega Man: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7159002/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Attack on Titan: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6450560/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Fantastic Beasts 4: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6149052/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt (this one isn't even in pre-production yet)

Paddington 3: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5822536/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Fast & Furious 10: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5433140/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Big Trouble in Little China: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4728328/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Altered Beast: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3674998/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

The Things They Carried: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13392388/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Metal Gear Solid: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808372/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

1984: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0498637/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Guardians of the Galaxy 3: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6791350/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Knives Out 2: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11564570/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Aquaman 2: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9663764/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

Creed III: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11145118/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

It's pretty clear that this is the same person adding all of these for some weird reason. Unfortunate if someone is actually searching for the real filming locations and are mislead by these. Again, most of these projects are without a script, early in pre-production or not filmed in the actual locations at all.

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14 d ago

I've just noticed one TV series title today, which has had three false filming locations added, and have possibly been there for months.

Of the three false filming locations:

One is the English city where the show is mainly set.

One is an English county (which most of the UK and the world incorrectly believe is a city, because they don't understand UK geography) where the show is occasionally set.

One is a Scottish city which is apparently going to be a location in the next series, as one of the characters is from there.

However none of them have been used as a filming location yet, and I doubt they ever will be.

There's a town next door to the main city in the show, which most people incorrectly believe is inside the city, when it isn't. It has it's own post town, it has it's own council, it's outside of the cities boundary, plus it has it's own borough/district.

That town has been used as a filming location, but the city next door where the show is set, hasn't been used as a filming location yet, and I'm pretty sure it never will be.

Around 10% of the show is filmed in the Midlands, however practically all the other filming locations are in the North of England, in 4 large cities, along with their surrounding towns and villages, in 3 ceremonial counties.

Two of those cities most of the world incorrectly believe are bigger than they are, while the other two cities most of the world incorrectly believe are smaller than they are.

They're always shocked when they find out the real populations and land area sizes of those 4 cities, which can be found on the Office for National Statistics, along with the fact that the place they believe is the biggest city in the UK, is actually a county, yet still most of them will still insist on arguing, sometimes by using misinformed figures they've found on random North American or European websites.

There's a company based in the third city which was incorrectly as a filming location, aka the Scottish city, which is apparently helping out with the filming locations for the upcoming series, however that city hasn't been used yet according to news reports.

They've been filming in a small Scottish town nearly 200 miles away from the city where the company is based.

It's basically like adding New York, New York, USA as a filming location, because a New York based company helped them film in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

I don't normally look at trivia section (or anything else in the Did you know? section for that matter), but I noticed there's also a trivia item which says the same thing about two of the three places being used as filming locations, plus like usual doesn't know that the town is a completely different and separate place to the nearby main city. It also claims that one of the four cities which are actually used for filming, is the "most used filming location," which as someone who lives in the city which is the main filming location, I know that to be false. Yes two of the locations in that city are major locations in the show (only from the outside however), but they don't have that many more locations.

Most of the places they and their film office try to claim as their own, are like the town I mentioned above...

...as in completely separate places which are outside of the cities boundary, with their own post towns, their own councils, and their own boroughs/districts.

Whether you measure the "most used filming location city" by screen time or by number of locations, my city and my county win easily in both cases.

I even started making a record/list late last year, of every location, in every episode, along with timestamps of when they appeared on screen, and how long they stayed on screen for to prove it, but I soon got bored. I'll pick it up eventually though, as I know that the 10 filming locations in my city, which are used for 15 locations in the show, easily outnumber every other town and cities filming locations in terms of both number of locations and screen time, it's just that most people don't realise as they're mainly interior locations, doubling for locations in the two main English places in the show.

I could travel a distance of roughly 275 miles for 3 of the fictional locations in the show, by simply entering a building just 1.5 miles down the road from me, which is used for at least 5 specific locations set in 1 of the towns and 2 of the cities.

This trivia entry full of misinformation could have been there for years for all I know, which is why I'm checking all the other trivia entries just in case there's anymore misinformation. 

I'm going to attempt to delete it, but I'm not sure how easy it is to remove false information from the trivia section, however as 333 people out of 340 people found it "helpful," it could prove tricky.

Most of my 1000's of filming location edits, are mainly things which most people believe are minor corrections, even though they aren't, by adding/changing things in location addresses.

They mainly revolve around adding ceremonial counties or updating out of date historic counties, on filming locations.

The second most common thing I add or correct are probably neighbourhoods/hamlets/villages.

The third most common thing I add or correct are probably regarding the country itself, as a lot of people clearly don't understand the different between the sovereign state of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (aka the UK), the island of Great Britain (aka Britain), and the countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Not to mention the Republic of Ireland on top. Therefore they don't realise they should be written like England, UK if it's a location in England, or Northern Ireland, UK if it's a location in Northern Ireland etc.

The fourth most common thing I add or correct is probably post towns/cities.

And the fifth most common thing I add or correct is probably street numbers, building names and street names.

It's not often I have to delete filming locations for being completely false, like the three I had to delete from this title.

Update: I've just remembered there was a fourth false filming location which I also had to delete. That location was New York, New York, USA, which was used briefly as a setting in the show, but just like the other three false filming locations, they were all filmed elsewhere, mainly in Northern England. They've never even filmed in Southern England, never mind the USA.

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Hi daniel_francis_gardecki -

If there are still Location/trivia issues with the series title you referenced above, please post the link to the IMDb title page and our staff can take a look.

Cheers!

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@Michelle  Nope. They were corrected straight away.

However, I'm still waiting for some of my questions to be answered here, most of which are around a month old.

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Hi daniel_francis_gardecki -

Thanks for confirming.  Unfortunately, we have a large backlog of open threads, our staff are currently working through them as fats as we can.

Thanks again for your patience and inconvenience.

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13 d ago

Thanks to whoever removed these! I know it's a nitpicky thing, but been annoying me for a while.

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12 d ago

Hi jonas_jakobsen -

Thanks for your report, the incorrect Filming Locations have now been removed from the titles you listed.  I have also taken further steps to help prevent this from reoccurring further.

Cheers!