Movies have been around for the better part of 100 years, first with the silent movies, and then gradually progressing from black and white to the high-definition CGI blockbusters that we have today. But now movies have gone beyond passive watching, thanks to the Internet. You can take your movie obsession one step further by hunting for movie locations, buying the clothes and props, applying for a job as an extra, and much more.
Today on Cool Websites and Apps, we are going to show you 5 Internet resources if you want to take your movie addiction to the next level.
Identify Movie Locations With The Take
Have you ever watched a movie and thought “I wonder where they are filming that?”. Chances are that the stunning Sahara Desert scene is simply a bit of sand in Nevada, but there are many other movie sets and locations where you can visit and try to recreate the moment. When Harry kissed Sally. When Private Ryan was saved. When the Wolverine got his metal back scratchers out.
Just click on a blue marker on the map and it will show you the name of the movie and the location. Clicking on that will then take you to the next page where you will see exactly on the map where it is, a scene from the movie, iTunes & Amazon links to download the movie, and “related places”.
Want more choices? Head to these six locations for tracking down movie locations.
Buy Movie Clothes & Props From Reel Clothes
Admit it, ever since you watched the Matrix, you’ve been hankering after Laurence Fishburne’s long leather jacket and rimless sunglasses. So where do you find these sources of movie clothing and props? One online source is Reel Clothes. Filter by movie or actor, newest items, Bargain Basement, and more.
When you see something you like, click on it to view the item. If you like it, buy it. Be warned though. The prices are not cheap.
Identify The Music From A Particular Movie With Soundtrack Collector
One of the biggest parts to any movie is the music. Many movies are made more memorable by stirring soundtracks, soaring orchestras, and sobering tunes. How can we have Star Wars without John Williams? Or Gladiator without Hans Zimmer?
Soundtrack Collector aims to make it easier for you to have a more precise database when it comes to movie soundtracks. Of course, another resource is the Internet Movie Database, but Soundtrack Collector specializes only in the music and nothing else. You will get track listings, CD covers, and even music samples of some movies.
Identify The Cars From A Particular Movie With The Internet Movie Car Database
As well as the music, another big part of any movie are the vehicles. Where would Bullitt or Ronin be without the high speed car chases? Or watching an action movie and seeing some nice cars getting totally trashed.
The Internet Movie Car Database profiles which cars appeared in which movies (and also some TV shows). Each car is given a certain number of stars, depending on its involvement in the movie. The more stars it has, the bigger its role. One star is a background vehicle (even just a passing blur), while 5 stars is something like a Transformer.
You can also browse though the extensive list of car makes and get a list of which movies that car appeared in. So if you are a fan of a certain type of car, you now know what movies to watch on Netflix or iTunes.
Get A Job As A Movie Extra With Backstage
And finally, what movie junkie wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to be on the big screen themselves? Backstage is a site which has daily listings, including audition dates, for movies and TV shows requiring extras in the near future.
You can specify your gender, and then break down the listings to theater, movie, and TV shows (depending on your preference). There are other opportunities as well, such as commercials and voice-overs.
One thing though – after a 14 day free trial, you have to start paying a subscription fee to access the full listings – $12 a month if you pay yearly. $16 a month if you pay every 6 months, $20 a month if you pay monthly. But if you do a couple of gigs a month, you could easily cover the fee. Or at the very least, do the 14 day free trial. That way, you’ve lost absolutely nothing.
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Let us know in the comments how you manage to feed your movie addiction. Which sites do you find yourself going back to over and over again?
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