Top 10 Places to Film from Around the World

Planet Earth is full of incredible, breath-taking places that look like they’re straight out of a film.

There are so many spots that are just screaming out to be captured. Hollywood is already taking full advantage of this and doing its thing. However, you don’t have to be an A-list director or producer to make the most of these spaces. With apps like Buddy Reel that make creating original and artistic videos a piece of cake, we are all chomping at the bit to get to the best spots to bag them as the backdrop for our video creations. Read on for a list of what we think are the top 10 best destinations for any budding videographer.

Central Park, NYC

An absolute classic, Central Park in New York has it all. Beautiful nature and wildlife in the midst of the high-rise hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps. Watch it metamorphose as the seasons change from the ochre and copper tones of a crisp fall afternoon to the blinding brightness of winter where the park is muffled and blanketed in white. That, together with either the long shadows thrown by the liquid gold fall sun or the warm festive Christmas lights is enough to set the scene and get people emotionally invested. You can’t get a more poetic or nostalgic film backdrop than that!

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Venice Beach, L.A

Venice beach, a hub of activity from skaters to sun worshippers, this busy strip is a perfect filming location. Sun, sea, sand and palm trees are what make this destination so popular. It’s the perfect location for people-watching with a breath-taking backdrop. Anyone wanting to film here will not be lacking in things to see, that’s for sure!

Mount Aspiring National Park, NZ

Boasting one of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Mount Aspiring National Park is home to some of the most breath-taking views the country has to offer. A paradise for hikers, it has many stunning walks as well as the magnificent blue pools. It offers such a broad range of scenic landscapes that it has everything you could want and more when filming.

Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama Desert, spanning more than 40,000 square miles in northern Chile as well as Argentina, Bolivia and Peru is the driest area on the planet. There are even some regions within it where rainfall has never been recorded. Needless to say this makes for some stunning scenery. Throw in the impressive Mano del Desierto art sculpture and you have yourself the perfect filming location!

Angel Falls, Venezuela

The world’s highest waterfall can be found in Canaima National Park, Venezuela. It is almost 20 times higher than Niagara Falls. Cascading from a breath-taking height of 3,230 feet, Angel Falls is truly a sight to behold. It can be viewed from the safety and comfort of a sight seeing flight or boat tour. Alternatively, it can be approached on foot by hiking the surrounding canyons and rainforest and although, very rewarding, be warned it’s not a route for the faint-hearted.

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Japan

Watch the famous snow monkeys bathe in the park’s hot springs, surrounded by snow-covered scenery. A true winter-wonderland, the hot springs are accessed by hiking through a beautiful forest where other wildlife resides. Seeing the snow monkeys interact with each other, cuddling, grooming and playing in the hot springs has got to be one of the best filming backdrops around!

Mount Yoshino, Japan

Mount Yoshino is one of Japan’s most famous spots for viewing of cherry blossoms. There are over 30,000 cherry trees growing and in blossom season the sight of them is breathtaking. There are also multiple temples and shrines dotted all around which add a touch of the amazing Japanese culture. This is a truly stunning and whimsical filming location. 

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Having been granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979, Plitvice lakes National Park in Croatia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The crystal clear blue water of the lakes jumps out at you when contrasted with the warm tones of the multi-coloured surrounding flora. There are amazing hikes through the beautiful scenery of the park that lead up to the lakes. You only need to glance at some of the photos of this place to know that this is a place worth visiting.

Lake Como, Italy

Located at the foot of the Alps and with its very characteristic shape, reminiscent of an inverted ‘y’, Lake Como is stunning. It offers one of the most picturesque spots in the World. The shoreline is scattered with quaint little Italian villages all brimming with character and with the Alps as a distant backdrop there is nothing more this place needs. So get filming!

The Aqueduct, Segovia, Spain

The Roman Aqueduct in Segovia dates back to the first century and it’s one of the best-preserved in the World. The enormous stone construction spans around 9 miles before hitting the city center. In Segovia, you can also find a beautiful cathedral and a castle, which looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale. Suffice to say there isn’t a shortage of things to see and film in Segovia, so start planning that trip!

We are very fortunate to live on such a beautiful planet, so full of such a large number of amazing sights. This list is by no means exhaustive. These are just a few of our top favorites; there are obviously many more places that are worth visiting. However, we hope this list will start your creative juices flowing with ideas for your next film or video creation.

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