Working as a set scout is one of the most rewarding yet most difficult jobs in the movie industry. A scout’s job is to absorb the script in a way no one else does, visualizing the landscape or backdrop and interpreting the story that eventually sets the scene. One of the best parts of the job though, is all the travel scouts get paid to do. They explore some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world to find the perfect set. Here are five spectacular movie set locations around the world.
1. New Zealand, Lord of the Rings
Since the Lord of the Rings was filmed over years in New Zealand, the country has seen a massive boost in tourism. People from around the world have oohed and aahed over some of New Zealand’s most magnificent backdrops chosen for the movie’s thousands of scenes. Hobbiton was set in the undulating Matamata hills, where Frodo and Bilbo’s homes were set on a backdrop of flowers and crops planted by movie staff a whole year before production began. Mount Doom and Mordor, ghastly places in the movie, were filmed in Tongariro National Park within the creepy volcanic area of Mount Ruapehu. Gollum chose the ring’s hiding spot to be The Misty Mountains–the set for this was the glaciers of South Island and The Southern Alps. In the iconic movie, Middle Earth has moved millions, many who have already traveled to explore these beautiful movie locations.