After Los Angeles and New York, Vancouver is the third most popular filming location in the world for movies and TV shows. Now, you might think that would make its landmarks and geography readily recognizable, but that’s really not the case. In fact, you’d probably never notice it was even Vancouver on screen, since the city is almost always disguised as another location.
If you’re a cinephile who also happens to know Vancouver pretty well, this can get kind of annoying. But it’s also quite intriguing to look at how filmmakers use camera tricks and special effects to disguise parts of the same city as everything from iconic New York landmarks to desolate Alaskan villages.
7. Detroit (RoboCop)
Since Detroit has more of a frosty industrialized look, filming for the 2014 remake of RoboCop was originally supposed to take place in Toronto. However, in order to accommodate the lead actor, Joel Kinnaman, production was moved to Vancouver where he was filming a TV show at the same time. The most notable location was the Vancouver Convention Centre, which was transformed into the headquarters of the powerful tech giant Omnicorp where RoboCop has an explosive battle with the ED-209 units.