I live in the land of Wendy Peffercorn.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, you haven't seen The Sandlot.
I've seen it a few times. My kids have watched it many times more and my grandkids have viewed it approximately a zillion times.
The Sandlot is a classic story about baseball, moving to a new place, trying to fit in, friendship, blended families, a vicious dog and also young love. In other words- a movie for everyone.
Though the setting is nostalgic America- it was filmed in several close-by Utah neighborhoods.
Sure- times have changed but it's still pretty fun to take a look at the local geography that served as film settings.
For those who just can't help themselves, there is a Sandlot Google Site that documents the major filming locations.
If you want to take your stalker level up a notch, plug any of the addresses into the mapping engine of your choice.
I tried this and felt like a creep. I mean, do we really need to see a picture of the guy looking at the google car as he's moving furniture into what was once Scotty's new home? I stopped the experiment after a single copy and paste.
Are there any films that have been captured near you?
Does this enhance or detract from your movie enjoyment?
I'll list out a few of my family's big screen "blink or you'll miss them" moments:
1) My son-in-law appeared in The Kingdom which was filmed, among other places, in the Phoenix area. Though he was involved in two days of shooting with Jennifer Garner and Jaime Foxx you'll only see him if you know how to work the pause button.
2) Our grandma's car roamed the streets of Scottsdale in Take Me Home Tonight. When grandma passed, her 18 year old car (with only 23,000 miles logged) landed in our family. So- it looked "new enough" to appear in a vintage era film. I haven't seen the movie so I have no idea if it survived the cutting room floor.
3) I helped a movie industry friend purchase a home a few years ago. When Will Farrell was in town shooting Everything Must Go my friend asked if I had a sign he could use. My wife is also an agent- I suggested he use her sign instead. So now she's the one who has to listen to the prank callers who ask, "Is Will's home still available?" Again- I haven't seen the movie but my guess is there are people who *do* know how to work a pause button.
Your turn. Have any movie location stories you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them.