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(Cracked)   Six places you will recognize from the background of every movie. If these settings were sound effects, they would be the Wilhelm Scream   (cracked.com) divider line 88
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2012-12-28 03:00:16 PM  
That was actually pretty cool.
 
2012-12-28 03:09:53 PM  
Wasn't #1 also featured in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?
 
2012-12-28 03:09:55 PM  
Shockingly, a coherent and decent list from Cracked.
 
2012-12-28 03:16:46 PM  
All those tv shows that film in Vancouver use the same locations over & over again.
You'll see a Supernatural episode that takes place during Oktoberfest using the same set that Stargate SG-1 used for quaint village a decade earlier.
 
2012-12-28 03:39:27 PM  
I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
 
2012-12-28 03:48:20 PM  
Holy crap, I was just watching Batman the other day and wondering where they filmed the Wayne Manor scenes.
 
2012-12-28 03:55:25 PM  
The Stevens' house and street from the TV show Bewitched were used in the original Brian's Song. Oddly though they weren't changed or redressed. they were set exactly the same.
 
2012-12-28 03:55:52 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.


It's really fun to constantly point out that scream. If there was a movie bingo card, that would be the most frequent space.
 
2012-12-28 04:00:03 PM  
Seems kinda lazy to film at the Quality Cafe now.  You'd think scouting an original cafe in the second largest city in America wouldn't be that difficult.
 
2012-12-28 04:03:18 PM  
Came here for Petra or Devils Tower, leaving disappointed.
 
2012-12-28 04:03:29 PM  

downstairs: Seems kinda lazy to film at the Quality Cafe now.  You'd think scouting an original cafe in the second largest city in America wouldn't be that difficult.


Since it's not a working cafe anymore probably makes it doubly attractive, since they don't have to shoot around anything.
 
2012-12-28 04:05:44 PM  
The list skipped over the Biltmore Estate:

Marry Me (2010)
The Clearing (2004)
Hannibal (2001)
Return to the Secret Garden (2000)
Patch Adams (1998)
My Fellow Americans (1996)
Richie Rich (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Mr. Destiny (1990)
A Breed Apart (1984)
The Private Eyes (1981)
Being There (1979)
The Swan (1956)
Tap Roots (1948)
 
2012-12-28 04:07:19 PM  
I'd think that most semi-worldly people have heard of Monument Valley. I've been there but I am quite worldly, if not very worldly.
 
2012-12-28 04:08:09 PM  
1) Vancouver
2) Downtown Vancouver
3) Vancouver skyline
1) North Vancouver Mountains
1) Burnaby
 
2012-12-28 04:09:06 PM  
they forgot the 2nd st. tunnel in LA.
 
2012-12-28 04:09:13 PM  
whoops, I accidentally the list.
 
2012-12-28 04:10:20 PM  
There's also the area around West 4th Street near the Westin hotel in Los Angeles, where about 75% or so of all car advertisements are shot.
 
2012-12-28 04:12:15 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.


So did my youngest son and I.

I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.
 
2012-12-28 04:15:18 PM  

penthesilea: All those tv shows that film in Vancouver use the same locations over & over again.
You'll see a Supernatural episode that takes place during Oktoberfest using the same set that Stargate SG-1 used for quaint village a decade earlier.


In particular, Hatley Castle has appeared in film 15 or 20 times, probably most identifiably as Professor Xavier's school for gifted children.  The Vancouver Art Gallery is also a popular location.

In Alberta, we have a few locations that get recycled.  There's an overlook on the Bow River near Nakota lodge west of Calgary that's appeared in many films, including Brokeback Mountain, Unforgiven, and Legends of the Fall.  I can't find a picture of it, but if you've seen LotF, it's the bluff overlooking the river where the family graveyard is.  Drumheller also gets a lot of monument valley-type action, especially in dusters.  Had the economics of moviemaking been different at the time, i have no doubt it would have been a staple of John Ford's shortlist.

www.google.ca
 
2012-12-28 04:17:47 PM  
I always enjoy seeing the Ennis House...
 
2012-12-28 04:18:59 PM  
Long Beach, California aka Miami for lazy producers (esp Dexter and CSI Miami)
 
2012-12-28 04:19:18 PM  

phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.


I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.
 
2012-12-28 04:21:09 PM  
I was expecting to see the Griffith Observatory on the list. A few dozen projects have been filmed there (Rebel without a Cause, Terminator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.)

Or Torrance High School and Occidental College, which are the go-to sets for school scenes.
 
2012-12-28 04:21:57 PM  

chapman: Long Beach, California aka Miami for lazy producers (esp Dexter and CSI Miami)


How dare they use something cheaper and easier when the bulk of their viewers can't tell the difference.
 
2012-12-28 04:22:06 PM  

phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.

So did my youngest son and I.

I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.


Bah, it was funny when it was a rarely used Hollywood inside joke. But now that cliche has been so abused - in movies, TV shows and video games - that it breaks the fourth wall whenever I hear it.
 
2012-12-28 04:22:56 PM  

Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.


Or the big "shkwweee-FOOM" for gas explosions, especially alien-ish explosions. Or that stock "broken pottery" noise that you hear from crashing plates, glasses, sometimes even pottery. That one really irritates me since if I did foley, breaking stuff would NEVER get passed over for an ancient standby.
 
2012-12-28 04:25:17 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Wasn't #1 also featured in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?


Nope.
 
2012-12-28 04:25:28 PM  
And we all know what newspaper you'd be reading while sitting in the diner:
theawesomer.com
 
2012-12-28 04:27:50 PM  
I thought this was going to include that one freaking mansion that every porn is filmed in. At least that's what my friends tell me they have noticed.
 
2012-12-28 04:32:10 PM  
www.hikespeak.com

Cave in Bronson Canyon. Entered by more film stars than your mom.
 
2012-12-28 04:34:57 PM  
bp1.blogger.com

Oceanic Airlines would like a recount.
 
2012-12-28 04:41:14 PM  
I still want to know where they filmed Terry Silver's mansion in Karate Kid part 3.
 
2012-12-28 04:48:16 PM  
What about that mashed potato sculpture in Close Encounters?
 
2012-12-28 04:50:20 PM  

Crewmannumber6: The Stevens' house and street from the TV show Bewitched were used in the original Brian's Song. Oddly though they weren't changed or redressed. they were set exactly the same.


Its a standing set on the Warner Brothers Ranch and its still in use.
 
2012-12-28 04:53:43 PM  
The one that alwys bothered me was the wintergreen gum ad on the back of every magazine in every sitcom for 30 years.
 
2012-12-28 04:53:50 PM  
The L.A. river. It's in farking everything!
 
2012-12-28 04:54:52 PM  
There's still a lot of locations that still exist from Raising Arizona. Amen.
 
2012-12-28 04:56:52 PM  
The Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA should be on the list:

upload.wikimedia.org

Movies:

Chinatown, A Star is Born, Splash, Bachelor Party, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Dave, True Lies, Independence Day, Heartbreakers, Blow; Ocean's 11, The Nutty Professor, Bugsy, Blue Streak, In the Line of Fire, Wedding Crashers, The Italian Job, Daredevil, National Treasure, Spider-Man, Alien Nation, and Prom Night.

TV:

Charlie's Angels, Columbo, Beverly Hills, 90210, Entourage, ER, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, That '70s Show, Ally McBeal, CSI: NY, Nip/Tuck, 24, Drop Dead Diva, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, House, Heroes, Mad Men
 
2012-12-28 05:00:57 PM  

NeoCortex42: And we all know what newspaper you'd be reading while sitting in the diner:
[theawesomer.com image 576x416]


I have a copy of that newspaper, this one used for the film Scream.
 
2012-12-28 05:03:26 PM  

GungFu: [www.hikespeak.com image 648x432]

Cave in Bronson Canyon. Entered by more film stars than your mom.


To the Bat Cave, Robin!

Yep. Bunches.
 
2012-12-28 05:05:19 PM  
Weird. It has the "Interesting" tab but it's actually...interesting.
 
2012-12-28 05:05:24 PM  

thornhill: The Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA should be on the list:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 500x319]

Movies:

Chinatown, A Star is Born, Splash, Bachelor Party, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Dave, True Lies, Independence Day, Heartbreakers, Blow; Ocean's 11, The Nutty Professor, Bugsy, Blue Streak, In the Line of Fire, Wedding Crashers, The Italian Job, Daredevil, National Treasure, Spider-Man, Alien Nation, and Prom Night.

TV:

Charlie's Angels, Columbo, Beverly Hills, 90210, Entourage, ER, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, That '70s Show, Ally McBeal, CSI: NY, Nip/Tuck, 24, Drop Dead Diva, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, House, Heroes, Mad Men


Was Suicide Kings filmed there? The scene with the Fish Boots exiting from the car? It sure looks like the interiors of the first scenes.
 
2012-12-28 05:08:42 PM  

Pincy: What about that mashed potato sculpture in Close Encounters?


I have a CSB about Devil's Tower.

My 3 college roommates and I are driving across country for 40 days after graduation. We're going from South Dakota where we checked out the badlands and wanted to go to Yellowstone, so we realize Devil's Tower is (more or less) on the way. We get there near sunset, and decide to walk around the trail at the perimeter. We get started and not long after we're on the trail it's dark enough that we need flashlights. Well, along the way we discover the signs that warn about how much of the surrounding area is part of ancient Native American burial grounds, so I was just a wee bit freaked out about walking around there in the dark after reading that.
 
2012-12-28 05:11:37 PM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-28 05:13:47 PM  
 
2012-12-28 05:17:21 PM  
Ive been watching old re-runs of Rawhide with my dad over the holidys and I noticed every town they ride into is the same, they just come in from a different direction. Either that or Ida Hanson's Millnery was a franchise along the Sedalia trail
 
2012-12-28 05:18:28 PM  

Boudica's War Tampon: thornhill: The Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA should be on the list:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 500x319]

Movies:

Chinatown, A Star is Born, Splash, Bachelor Party, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Dave, True Lies, Independence Day, Heartbreakers, Blow; Ocean's 11, The Nutty Professor, Bugsy, Blue Streak, In the Line of Fire, Wedding Crashers, The Italian Job, Daredevil, National Treasure, Spider-Man, Alien Nation, and Prom Night.

TV:

Charlie's Angels, Columbo, Beverly Hills, 90210, Entourage, ER, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, That '70s Show, Ally McBeal, CSI: NY, Nip/Tuck, 24, Drop Dead Diva, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, House, Heroes, Mad Men

Was Suicide Kings filmed there? The scene with the Fish Boots exiting from the car? It sure looks like the interiors of the first scenes.


I haven't seen the movie in a while, but I wouldn't be surprised.

It has other spaces that are frequently used:

bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com

Because it is a hotel anyone can go in. I wondered in one day when I was in downtown LA without knowing anything about it; it took me about 5 seconds to realize that it was one of those interiors Hollywood uses non-stop.
 
2012-12-28 05:22:29 PM  
 
2012-12-28 05:31:37 PM  
The Prospect Park neighborhood in Pasadena is regularly used as a generic affluent suburban neighborhood. Because it has few palm trees and other obvious warm weather trees, it can be used for a neighborhood that's supposed to be in the Northeast.
 
2012-12-28 05:47:24 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: NeoCortex42: And we all know what newspaper you'd be reading while sitting in the diner:
[theawesomer.com image 576x416]

I have a copy of that newspaper, this one used for the film Scream.


Are you saying you have one that was *actually* used in Scream?

Because the joke is its an in-joke between set designers and directors. They purposely use that same newspaper, on that same page in *many* films and tv shows.
 
2012-12-28 05:47:42 PM  
I always imagined Monument Valley was pretty huge, but it looks like just 4 or 5 mesas.
 
2012-12-28 05:48:44 PM  

phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.

So did my youngest son and I.

I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.


It's never funny. KNOCK IT OFF!
 
2012-12-28 05:55:18 PM  

Ishkur: 1) Vancouver
2) Downtown Vancouver
3) Vancouver skyline
1) North Vancouver Mountains
1) Burnaby


It's the Toronto of the new century. Seriously, there was a time when you couldn't throw a stick in that town without hitting a movie camera.
 
2012-12-28 05:57:25 PM  

NeoCortex42: And we all know what newspaper you'd be reading while sitting in the diner:
theawesomer.com


The Al Bundy's favourite paper.

www.itmakesyournosetickle.com
 
2012-12-28 06:02:44 PM  
My son got a Build A Bear named Will Helm. Squeeze his paw and "Arrrrggghhhhh".

//The Build A Bear lady said it was NOT the weirdest thing she has put into a bear, for what that's worth.
 
2012-12-28 06:04:31 PM  
I get re-using some of these locations over and over again, because who wants to spend a crap-ton of money on an opulent and richly-decorated place like the various mansions and hotels mentioned? Ditto for some of the outdoor locations, you don't find scenery like that everywhere, especially with reasonable transport options.

The ones that bug me are the less obvious ones, like the Bryan's Song house being reused or that house in Father of the Bride being every upper-middle-class family home over and over again. Get some originality, fer chrissakes, it won't kill you to find a different location.
 
2012-12-28 06:06:44 PM  
Too many people talking about the Wilhelm for me to quote them all, but a friend of mine was once really pissed at me for telling him about that sound. Now he hates hearing it where before he never noticed it.
 
2012-12-28 06:10:33 PM  
The 6th Street bridge in LA  is used in everything.   Repo Man, ConAir, T2, T3, Grease, tons of car commercials, even cartoons and a Pixar movie.    My friends have a slo-mo walking scene on it in Decline of Western Civilization III and since then I notice it all the time.
 
2012-12-28 06:12:17 PM  

Thelyphthoric: Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.

Or the big "shkwweee-FOOM" for gas explosions, especially alien-ish explosions. Or that stock "broken pottery" noise that you hear from crashing plates, glasses, sometimes even pottery. That one really irritates me since if I did foley, breaking stuff would NEVER get passed over for an ancient standby.


don't forget the red-tailed hawk screech which appears regardless of what kind of bird is actually shown or where the scene is supposed to be taking place.
 
2012-12-28 06:15:38 PM  
 
2012-12-28 06:21:59 PM  

calbert: scroll down, look to the left for the sound byte


Yep heard that one more than a few times.
 
2012-12-28 06:23:01 PM  
#1. Monument Valley -- The Most Famous Rock Formations You've Never Heard Of

Who the f*ck hasn't heard of Monument Valley?  OK, I'm sure there are some, but it's far from being obscure to the point of justifying the "most famous...that you've never heard of" cliché
 
2012-12-28 06:24:43 PM  
There's also that street in Los Angeles with all the Victorians, the ones that appear in Charmed, Journeyman, etc...

Ahh, just looked it up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_Avenue
 
2012-12-28 06:28:20 PM  
Yup, I laughed at the Wilhelm Scream in The Hobbit as well. It was more of an annoyed and disappointed laugh, though.
 
2012-12-28 06:33:55 PM  

Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.


Know what I love? Cars accelerating on dirt or gravel, to the sound of tires screeching. Kill me.
 
2012-12-28 07:09:30 PM  
for me it is the police woop woop you hear in any drama. I speaking of Vancouver there is that beach they always use
Smallville
4400
Stargate
Millennium
Supernatural
xfiles
insert any show filmed there
 
2012-12-28 07:30:01 PM  
I try not to notice these kinds of details because it breaks suspension of disbelief.
 
2012-12-28 07:32:08 PM  

dj_bigbird: Shockingly, a coherent and decent list from Cracked.


Is this an update? I remember the axis chemicals plant was used in such a cracked article before. Bronson canyon is presumably there... Off to check
 
mjg
2012-12-28 08:16:25 PM  

Ishkur: 1) Vancouver
2) Downtown Vancouver
3) Vancouver skyline
1) North Vancouver Mountains
1) Burnaby


upload.wikimedia.org

Bronx mountain range in 'Rumble in the Bronx'
 
2012-12-28 08:41:32 PM  
Here's a trick.

1) Visit the Santa Monica pier

2) Notice the Santa Monica pier in nearly every godam movie and TV show and commercial for the rest of your life

finkorswim.com
 
2012-12-28 09:25:19 PM  

phyrkrakr: The ones that bug me are the less obvious ones, like the Bryan's Song house being reused or that house in Father of the Bride being every upper-middle-class family home over and over again. Get some originality, fer chrissakes, it won't kill you to find a different location.


1) If you use a museum house, it will be same one over and over and over

2) If you want a house people actually live in, you need a cooperative family who can and will clear out completely when you need it
So you get the same house over and over and over

/ I work in an attorney's house that's rented out for photo and film shoots 6 or 10 times a year
// House is big enough that we can retreat to the attic office or we simply schedule lots of meetings elsewhere for the duration
 
2012-12-28 09:34:58 PM  

rikkards: for me it is the police woop woop you hear in any drama. I speaking of Vancouver there is that beach they always use
Smallville
4400
Stargate
Millennium
Supernatural
xfiles
insert any show filmed there


Do you mean Buntzen Lake?

farm3.staticflickr.com

aka

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-28 10:17:11 PM  
whatever

imgc.allpostersimages.com
 
2012-12-28 10:19:16 PM  
I was watching The Men Who Built America and giggled every time they showed one of the movers and shakers in their palatial homes ... and I would venture 90%+ of the shots were at the Lyndhurst mansion up by Sleepy Hollow, NY. Who knew Vanderbilt, Rockerfeller, Carnegie, and Morgan were all roomies???

(Yes, I recognized it from the original Dark Shadows movies - Sue me!)
 
2012-12-28 10:45:38 PM  

calbert: Thelyphthoric: Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.

Or the big "shkwweee-FOOM" for gas explosions, especially alien-ish explosions. Or that stock "broken pottery" noise that you hear from crashing plates, glasses, sometimes even pottery. That one really irritates me since if I did foley, breaking stuff would NEVER get passed over for an ancient standby.

don't forget the red-tailed hawk screech which appears regardless of what kind of bird is actually shown or where the scene is supposed to be taking place.


You guys might enjoy this:

TV Tropes: Stock Sound Effects

WARNING, site is addictive.
 
2012-12-28 11:01:42 PM  

Keizer_Ghidorah: calbert: Thelyphthoric: Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.

Or the big "shkwweee-FOOM" for gas explosions, especially alien-ish explosions. Or that stock "broken pottery" noise that you hear from crashing plates, glasses, sometimes even pottery. That one really irritates me since if I did foley, breaking stuff would NEVER get passed over for an ancient standby.

don't forget the red-tailed hawk screech which appears regardless of what kind of bird is actually shown or where the scene is supposed to be taking place.

You guys might enjoy this:

TV Tropes: Stock Sound Effects

WARNING, site is addictive.


I know, I got stuck there yesterday:

Stopped Numbering Sequels
A common subversion to Numbered Sequel. As the number of installments of a series goes up, the less likely it has a number behind.
 
2012-12-28 11:10:09 PM  
Missing from the list: Your Mom's house.
 
2012-12-28 11:48:43 PM  
Monument Valley -- The Most Famous Rock Formations You've Never Heard Of

...if you've never been more than 30 miles outside of your home town
 
2012-12-29 12:13:14 AM  
I expected Innes House to be listed. Or at least honorable mention.
 
2012-12-29 12:16:32 AM  

calbert: don't forget the red-tailed hawk screech which appears regardless of what kind of bird is actually shown or where the scene is supposed to be taking place.


I notice that one. But I just had to look up that Wilhelm scream.

/don't watch too many movies
//do watch birds
 
2012-12-29 02:02:10 AM  

Robo Beat: There's also the area around West 4th Street near the Westin hotel in Los Angeles, where about 75% or so of all car advertisements are shot.


And the other 25% are filmed on or near Bixby Bridge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bixby_Bridge
 
2012-12-29 04:01:04 AM  

Crewmannumber6: The Stevens' house and street from the TV show Bewitched were used in the original Brian's Song. Oddly though they weren't changed or redressed. they were set exactly the same.


I think the Bewitched house is at Warner Bros. ranch. The Lethal Weapon house is there and the fountain from the opening credits of Friends.
 
2012-12-29 06:30:14 AM  
Sepulveda dam (Buckaroo Banzai, Aeon Flux, etc.)
upload.wikimedia.org

And next door, The Japanese Garden (Star Trek, etc.)
farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2012-12-29 09:01:41 AM  

Scrotastic Method: Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.

Know what I love? Cars accelerating on dirt or gravel, to the sound of tires screeching. Kill me.


I'd like to add:

- "Cold outdoor wind"....the wooooWHOOOOoooooh. From video games to movies, it's everywhere

- "Door creak"....that same generic door creak played every time a old door opens
 
2012-12-29 10:47:36 AM  

Mad Mark: Missing from the list: Your Mom's house.


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2012-12-29 11:20:50 AM  

Onkel Buck: Mad Mark: Missing from the list: Your Mom's house.

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Thanks, i'm saving that!
 
2012-12-29 07:37:04 PM  
The one I've picked up on over the years in the never-changing "background police radio chatter". The easiest way to hear it is the beginning of the closing credits crawl of every episode of "Cops". It's been so long, I don't remember the exact wording, but I know it's a woman's voice, and she mentions a shotgun. (I know that sounds vague, but it's been years since I actually listened to it.)

I started noticing that same voice and statement in the background of every movie/TV show that had background police radio chatter. I've even heard it in movies older than Cops.

Try listening for it some time. It's kind of like the Wilhelm Scream. Once you get it in your head, you'll notice it everywhere. You'd think Hollywood would have a decent pool of radio chatter to use.
 
2012-12-29 08:42:24 PM  
Damn the motherfarking wilhelm scream straight to hell.

Any film maker who uses it should be kicked right in the crotch.
 
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