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Hidden Hollywood: The Big Screen on Your Doorstep

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We are all familiar with Pinewood and Warner Bros. Studios. In fact, there are numerous film studios across the UK that produce quality blockbusters on a frequent basis. 

But have you considered locations closer to home? From The Hip, a video production company, have been doing just that. 

To celebrate From The Hip offering video production in Hampshire as well as Surrey, they have created an infographic depicting locations within these counties used within some of the highest-grossing Hollywood films. 

This also shows the exact moment these scenes were featured. So, next time you watch these movies, make sure you keep an eye out to see if you can recognise any of these locations! 

Hampshire: 

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron 

The attack on the fictional country of ‘Sokovia’ is actually Hawley Woods in Camberley. These woods have been used in several films over the last few decades. 

2. Inception 

The scene in which Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt land in an aircraft are shot in Farnborough airport. 

3. The Da Vinci Code 

The film adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel used Winchester Cathedral for both interior and exterior shots. The cathedral’s interior was used as the ‘Vatican’ for the meeting with the pope. 

4. Transformers: The Last Knight 

Over three days, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport played host to the crew of Transformers. Exterior shots of the submarine were used for the submarine pursuit with Mark Wahlberg. 

5. Quantum of Solace 

The famous Farnborough airport is used once again in this 007 instalment. The runway is used when Daniel Craig is following a lead to Austria. 

6. World War Z 

Brad Pitt defends his family from the undead within an apartment complex and leads them to the safety of a helicopter. This scene was green-screened within Aldershot Barracks. 

7. Les Misérables 

As Hugh Jackman serves the end of his prison sentence, using his impressive strength for work within the dock. The dock itself is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with a little CGI added to give an authentic look. 

8. Die Another Day 

Hawley Woods in Camberley is featured again in this Bond instalment. The woodland is cleverly disguised as ‘Korea’ for the opening scene. 

Surrey: 

1. Beauty & the Beast 

While the film was primarily filmed within a studio, a few scenes were shot on location. Numerous woodland scenes featured were within Jelly’s Hollow. 

2. Skyfall 

Bond’s childhood abode is fabricated and is actually an ingenious staged shell of a building. This was built on Hankley Common in Elstead and used in several instalments of the franchise. 

3. Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince 

Throughout the movie, Bourne Wood is used for several scenes. Daniel Radcliffe’s title character is often seen here with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. 

4. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire 

Neville Longbottom, played by Matthew Lewis, can be seen wading in the Great Lake while Daniel Radcliffe discusses a book. This is the banks of Virginia Water Lake. 

5. Gladiator 

Bourne Wood is featured on the big screen again. Russell Crowe can be seen leading the Romans into a brutal battle. 

6. Inception 

The scene in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt manipulates stairs into a Penrose Staircase was shot within the foyer of an office on Hillswood Drive. Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page were filmed along the stairs and CGI created this trickery. 

7. Kingsman: The Secret Service 

When looking for a quintessentially American church, Camberley is probably one location that does not spring to mind. However, Colin Firth’s gruesome fight scene within a classic Southern church was actually The Garrison Church of St Barbara’s. 

8. The Mummy 

Brendan Fraser jumps from a flaming boat and swims to the banks of the Nile. These riverbanks are far from Egypt and are a well dressed Frensham Ponds. 

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