Filming Locations of the Titanic

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‘Titanic’ was filmed in the Atlantic Ocean, Mexico, the USA, and Canada. Principal photography reportedly commenced on July 31, 1996, and was wrapped up by March 23, 1997, says The Cinemaholic.

About the movie

With prolific director James Cameron at the helm, the 1997 romantic tragedy ‘Titanic’ needs no introduction. The emotionally turbulent story follows third-class passenger Jack, who makes his way up to the first class to meet eccentric aristocrat Rose. 

Titanic Filming Locations

Atlantic Ocean

The early sequence of a group of skilled divers discovering a sketch from the wreckage of Titanic strikes as quite realistic. The scenes were filmed at the actual RMS Titanic wreck in the Titanic Canyon. It is located south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Canada, in the North Atlantic seas.

Baja California Norte, México

The bulk of the sequences were filmed in Fox Baja Studios (now Baja Studios), a state-of-the-art production facility located near the resort community of Rosarito in Baja California, Mexico. It was constructed by the production house for filming most of the historical scenes of the movie, including interiors and exteriors of the RMS Titanic.

The life-size exterior set of the ship was constructed from scratch in a tank; the tank alone cost $40 million. Some repetitive sections, including windows, were built in areas and were replicated via CGI to lower the expenses. Other appendages such as the funnels and boats were constructed at a 90 percent scale for making the shots visually cohesive.

Los Angeles, California

A chunk of the movie was filmed in various locations in California, predominantly in Los Angeles County. The crew visited Belmont Olympic Pool, a vast public swimming pool located at 4000 East Olympic Plaza, in the Long Beach city in the LA metro area. The final scenes in the film were shot in this location.

Shots of the sinking of Titanic’s aftermath were taken at S.S. Lane Victory. In 1989, the World War II cargo ship was converted into a museum, located at 3011 Miner Street in the San Pedro suburbs of Los Angeles. 

The crew used S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, a World War II Liberty ship, to film the engine room scenes. The ship is located at Pier 45 in the Californian city of San Francisco. A few sequences were also filmed in Santa Clarita, a suburban Californian city north of LA.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Some scenes were filmed in the Canadian province of British Columbia. 

Halifax, Nova Scotia

A few scenes were filmed at Halifax, an Atlantic port city and the capital of the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Coincidentally, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, situated at 1675 Lower Water Street in downtown Halifax, showcases some retrieved artifacts from RMS Titanic. 

Among the artifacts is a piece of wooden paneling, which inspired the piece of log that keeps Rose afloat in the movie. As per reports, a significant portion of the film was shot in a cemetery in Halifax. 

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Source: The Cinemaholic

 

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