The chameleon city

Watch this video to see how Vancouver has been used to play a variety of cities around the world in movies and TV shows: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and nameless cities in India, Japan and even North Korea:

It’s such a popular filming location that it’s even called “Hollywood North” (though Toronto is too). This article from Slate is a bit old, but it explains why.

Next time you take a walk around your city, try to see it as both a location and a setting. Which sections, which angles give it an unmistakable “This is Tokyo (or wherever)” look? Which areas could stand in for another city?


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