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Scenic Road Film Locations In South Africa

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 240

Scenic roads suitable for film locations can be hard to find. That perfect stretch of road curving into the distance is often marred by ugly buildings, or perhaps it's just right but local authorities aren't prepared to close it to traffic for the time needed for filming.

South Africa is a favourite destination for productions making car commercials, precisely because it has such a wide variety of wide open spaces, and roads of all types. Wide freeways, winding small local roads, dust roads in assorted colours from red to grey to gold or white, mountain roads, coast roads, farm roads and roads through wilderness. Here are just a few of the car commercial industry's favourite scenic roads to film on, all of them within a very easy distance of Cape Town.

Chapman's Peak Drive This dramatic road winds along the shoulders of the Cape Peninsula from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. Steep mountain slopes plunge down into the ocean and the road hairpins through pristine vegetation against the blue backdrop of the ocean. Its beautiful setting and hair-raising twists and turns make it a popular location for filming both in commercials and movies. As a toll road that is regularly closed for maintenance or during bad weather conditions, it is quite straightforward to close the road temporarily for filming.

Philadelphia Farmlands The rolling wheat fields of the Swartland just north of Cape Town are frequently chosen for car commercials. The road winds, rises and dips through expansive emerald green fields in winter and early spring, followed by gold in summer with the horizon defined by a long line of mountains receding into the distance. A network of minor provincial roads criss-crosses this farmland, where traffic isn't heavy and can be stopped as necessary during filming.

Avenues Whether it is the endless avenues of towering blue gum trees lining some of the old roads north of Cape Town, or picturesque avenues of ancient oaks leading up to the great wine estates, in the Cape Winelands there is plenty of choice if dappled shade and serried ranks of tree trunks are on the location brief.

Mountain passes Halting traffic on the major passes leading away from Cape Town is not an endeavour to be contemplated lightly, but with the long lines of mountains encircling the Cape Winelands and beyond there are numerous minor passes in equally dramatic settings that can be more easily used for filming. Bainskloof pass across the mountains above Wellington is known for its unspoilt.scenery. The Helshoogte Pass linking Stellenbosch to Franschhoek has stunning views of lush wine lands and there are a whole host of other mountain passes, both remote and accessible around the Western Cape that offer varied and inspiring settings for all sorts of location filming.

With such a huge choice of potential roads to film on, it makes sense to consult a local production company in Cape Town, who will be able to suggest particular locations to suit individual production needs and organise all the complex paperwork involved in obtaining permits for road film locations.

Prinz Productions offers premier stills and film production services based in Cape Town, South Africa. Browse their locations in South Africa or contact them directly for more options. Specialising in South Africa, Portugal and Mauritius, they also offer production services worldwide..

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