George C. Scott and Stanley Kubrick playing chess on the set of Dr. Strangelove. Scott had an extremely volatile personality (he was renowned for bar brawls and heavy drinking) and Kubrick played chess with him between takes in order to ”tame him”. James Earl Jones said it was a way for Kubrick to prove himself to Scott, who fancied himself as a good chess player. Scott lost the first game to Kubrick. From there on Scott respected Kubrick and his vision.


Suncheon Open Film Set (순천 드라마 세트장) 

"This open film set is located in Jorye-dong, Suncheon. It consists of three villages each representing a different era from the 1950s to the 1970s. It has approximately 200 houses and is the largest film set in Korea. The streets of Suncheon in the 1950s have been perfectly recreated. There are the major theater, Jeil Brewery, and the fire station. In the 60s and 70s film sets, visitors can view scenes from Seoul’s history, such as daldongne (residential towns for poor families in uphill areas of Seoul) and shopping streets from the city’s outskirts. It’s also fun to look for the houses that were featured in some of Korea’s most popular dramas. 

The list of dramas and films that have been recorded here is pretty impressive, including Love and Ambition (SBS, 2006), East Of Eden (MBC, 2008-9) and Giant (SBS, 2010), Inspiring Generation (KBS, 2014). Numerous films: Sunny (님은 먼곳에, 2008), Bloody Shake (2010), Mapado 2 (2007) and A Werewolf Boy (2012) were filmed here, too.”

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Nelson Ghost Town - Searchlight, Nevada

Now a popular – though admittedly desolate – tourist spot incredibly popular with photographers and music video directors, this ghost town outside of Las Vegas has a bloody and nefarious past.

Five miles away from the Colorado River, Nelson, known by the Spaniards that discovered it as El Dorado, was the site of the scandalous Techatticup Mine. An area rich in gold, silver, copper and lead, the land was mostly settled by Civil War deserters, and was the site of one of the largest booms the state of Nevada ever encountered.

The mine was understandably in high demand, and labor disputes and ownership disagreements were common; so often ending in bloodshed that murder became commonplace, and even expected. The sinister reputation of the town and its riches that were so often paid for in blood didn’t deter fortune seekers, but Nelson was unfortunately directly downstream of El Dorado Canyon, and flash flooding made the boomtown, once stripped of its precious minerals, practically uninhabitable.

What remains of Nelson lies above the flood channels, a few scattered ranch houses, the remnants of a Texaco station, and the standard weather-torn buildings and machinery. Used as the location for many photo shoots, music videos and several feature films, the site features one unusual spectacle of a small aircraft seemingly smashed nose-first into a dune. The plane is not a true relic, but a fabricated wreck from the 2001 crime film 3000 Miles to Graceland.

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