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Filming of Movies in Morocco

Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:04 pm

Why has Morocco become a popular filming location for movies and TV shows in the past few years. Examples of movies filmed in Morocco over the past few years include the remake of Alladin, Game of Thrones, Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, Men in Black: International, Aquaman, and the Bond film Spectre.
 
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:37 am

This article answers your question. https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/07/africa/m ... index.html
A safer alternative, allows filming of sensitive topics, the military at your service, has a vibrant film scene and a long history of film making are some of the reasons.
 
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:45 am

Well it's a safe place to film in the "Middle East". I guess the country has also promoted itself, offered incentives, it's very common these days.
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:22 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
Why has Morocco become a popular filming location for movies and TV shows in the past few years. Examples of movies filmed in Morocco over the past few years include the remake of Alladin, Game of Thrones, Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, Men in Black: International, Aquaman, and the Bond film Spectre.


Bond has been shot in Morocco way earlier than that - Tim Dalton's debut The Living Daylights were shot mostly in Morocco.

The Moroccans have built an infrastructure that's conducive & cost effective for shooting, so why not?
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:40 am

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Well it's a safe place to film in the "Middle East". I guess the country has also promoted itself, offered incentives, it's very common these days.

The fact that Morocco is safe along with the large number of movies being filmed there has lead to a huge increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Morocco. Visitor numbers went up from 3 million in 2008 to 11 million in 2017.
 
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:19 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
Aesma wrote:
Well it's a safe place to film in the "Middle East". I guess the country has also promoted itself, offered incentives, it's very common these days.

The fact that Morocco is safe along with the large number of movies being filmed there has lead to a huge increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Morocco. Visitor numbers went up from 3 million in 2008 to 11 million in 2017.


..,or the fact that the Atlas Film Studios located in Morocco at 322,000 square-foot is the largest in the world. Some well known movies have filmed here: "Gladiator," "Ben Hur," "Kingdom of Heaven," "The Mummy," "The Passion of the Christ," and, most recently, "Game of Thrones" and "Aladdin."

https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds- ... nes-2019-1

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https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2016/0 ... hollywood/

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https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/atlas-film-studios

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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:22 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
Aesma wrote:
Well it's a safe place to film in the "Middle East". I guess the country has also promoted itself, offered incentives, it's very common these days.

The fact that Morocco is safe along with the large number of movies being filmed there has lead to a huge increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Morocco. Visitor numbers went up from 3 million in 2008 to 11 million in 2017.


Really safe, I don’t think so.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/worl ... rocco.html
 
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:26 pm

Blackhawk Down was filmed in Morocco as well.
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:31 pm

Kiwirob : probably safer than the US, and nobody balks at the idea of going there.

I've been to Morocco 5 or 6 times, only for work, and my company had me change hotels to avoid being in one full of French people, with a French brand on the facade, but it's just an easy precaution to take, I'm probably more likely to be the victim of a terrorist attack here in France !
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:20 pm

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Kiwirob : probably safer than the US, and nobody balks at the idea of going there.

I've been to Morocco 5 or 6 times, only for work, and my company had me change hotels to avoid being in one full of French people, with a French brand on the facade, but it's just an easy precaution to take, I'm probably more likely to be the victim of a terrorist attack here in France !

Morocco is also probably safer than Britain.
 
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:41 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
Why has Morocco become a popular filming location for movies and TV shows in the past few years. Examples of movies filmed in Morocco over the past few years include the remake of Alladin, Game of Thrones, Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, Men in Black: International, Aquaman, and the Bond film Spectre.


Foreign movies have been made in Morocco since 1930, but really took off in the '60s and '70s. Among the more well-known titles you'll find Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Patton (1970), Living Daylights (1987) and Gladiator (2000).

So to say 'past few years' is patently incorrect, albeit there has been an uptick since around 2005.

What draws studios to Morocco is a very accommodating local authority, low costs, good weather and lots of space for locations.
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:02 pm

Dieuwer wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:
Aesma wrote:
Well it's a safe place to film in the "Middle East". I guess the country has also promoted itself, offered incentives, it's very common these days.

The fact that Morocco is safe along with the large number of movies being filmed there has lead to a huge increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Morocco. Visitor numbers went up from 3 million in 2008 to 11 million in 2017.


..,or the fact that the Atlas Film Studios located in Morocco at 322,000 square-foot is the largest in the world. Some well known movies have filmed here: "Gladiator," "Ben Hur," "Kingdom of Heaven," "The Mummy," "The Passion of the Christ," and, most recently, "Game of Thrones" and "Aladdin."

https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds- ... nes-2019-1


In that article they keep referring to a 322,000 square-foot studio as "the largest in the world", but by studio standards 322,000 square feet isn't that large at all. That's only a little over seven acres... big, but places like Universal Studios in California cover hundreds of acres. If, however, they have mistakenly used the term "studio" instead of "sound stage", then a seven acre plus sound stage is unquestionably a whopper and may indeed be "the largest in the world".
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:05 pm

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Dieuwer wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:
The fact that Morocco is safe along with the large number of movies being filmed there has lead to a huge increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Morocco. Visitor numbers went up from 3 million in 2008 to 11 million in 2017.


..,or the fact that the Atlas Film Studios located in Morocco at 322,000 square-foot is the largest in the world. Some well known movies have filmed here: "Gladiator," "Ben Hur," "Kingdom of Heaven," "The Mummy," "The Passion of the Christ," and, most recently, "Game of Thrones" and "Aladdin."

https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds- ... nes-2019-1


In that article they keep referring to a 322,000 square-foot studio as "the largest in the world", but by studio standards 322,000 square feet isn't that large at all. That's only a little over seven acres... big, but places like Universal Studios in California cover hundreds of acres. If, however, they have mistakenly used the term "studio" instead of "sound stage", then a seven acre plus sound stage is unquestionably a whopper and may indeed be "the largest in the world".


Perhaps they count together the back lots of the Atlas AND CLA studios in Ouarzazate? 1) Atlas at 100,000 sqm, 2) CLA at 1,560,000 sqm. Total = 1,660,000 sqm = 410 acres.

http://www.definitelyouarzazate.com/facilities.html
 
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Re: Filming of Movies in Morocco

Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:44 pm

The country has been smart, it all about money, they made themselves attractive and accomodating, they have desert and snow capped mountains and some great beaches and good weather. No wonder film makers love it.
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