We like to point out how spectacular the landscapes of Jordan are. How many times have we heard the expression “looks like movie? Indeed in some cases it is.
The incredible scenery that can be found in Jordan could not pass unnoticed by the eyes of producers and filmmakers. Professionals in the fashion and movie industry, from several parts of the world have come to the Jordanian lands for shooting their productions.
Can you remember some of them? We help you with main titles.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Who watched the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) imagine the temple where the Holy Grail is hidden as part of a set built especially for filming of the last episode of the trilogy. Wrong. In fact, the temple where the Grail is The Treasury (Al Khazneh), Petra.
On the movie, the name of the Nabatean city is not mentioned, but armed Bedouins appear in several scenes.
The first image of The Treasury on the movie is the same a tourist has when visiting Petra. After passing through the Siq gorge, on high speed, Indiana Jones and his father finally arrive at the site. Both look amazed with the beauty of the place. However, the next scene, inside the temple, was recorded in studio.
Beyond Jordan, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” also has scenes in United States, Italy, Spain and UK.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Continuation of the first film, released in 2007, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was a huge box office success in several countries, setting records upon release.
The movie was shot for 4 days in Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum and Salt. The Royal Family of the Kingdom, who loves Transformers, from the first contacts of producers and directing, told they would help with everything and even let available to them the Royal Air Force for assistance.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Thomas Edward Lawrence, also known as T.E. Lawrence, was a great British adventurer from the early 20th century, a mixture of archaeologist, military strategist and writer. His life was so busy that ended up turning into a blockbuster movie in the 60s.
For the location of the filming, the choice fell on Jordan as the desert perfectly corresponded to descriptions of T.E. Lawrence and up the debris of war remained in the same location of the battle.
The shooting took several months and even the very high temperatures (it was necessary to cool down the thermometers to don’t get damaged) decreased the morale of the crew, who saw the shooting as an adventure, even more so in the place where it all happened . The film was also shot in Morocco, Spain and England.
Lawrence of Arabia proved to be a new success for Spiegel (director), having managed to raise about $ 20 million at the box office and seven Academy Awards, including best film, best director, best cinematography and best music.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
The movie was shot in Jordan, a few kilometers from the border with Iraq, to achieve the goal of the director which was to make the scene as authentic as possible. Iraqi refugees were used for the extras.
The producers looked for locations in Morocco, but the director Kathryn Bigelow felt the cities do not resemble Baghdad. Besides, she wanted to get as close to the war zone as possible. Some of the sites were less than three miles from the border with Iraq. The intention, at first, was that the filming happened in Iraqi land, but no one could guarantee their safety there.
It was nominated in nine categories at the 82nd Academy Awards and won in six: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing. Bigelow became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director and The Hurt Locker is to date, the lowest-grossing film to win Best Picture.
Bollywood also came by. The Indian film industry has shot big productions using Jordanian scenario.
“Vishwaroopam”, for example, launched earlier this year, had some scenes shot in Amman and Petra.
Even more recently, the cast of the super production “Krrish 3” was in Jordan to shoot the video clip of one of the songs is part of the movie soundtrack, “Dil Tu Hi Bataa” (check the video). “Krrish 3” is expected to be released on November 2013.
Jordan didn’t escape to the Brazilian cameras. The internationally known Brazilians soap operas are shot using scenarios in different countries. In 2009, it was the turn of the Kingdom to be used as a stage for the attraction of Carlos Manuel, “Viver a Vida”. Check out the video of one of the scenes in Jerash.
Still talking about Brazilian lenses, this year the chain of department store Riachuelo launched the Jordan Spring/Summer Collection, and the photo shoot and advertising videos were made in places such as Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. Check out the launching video released in August.
Therefore, the spectacular landscapes of Jordan have drawn attention not only of the tourism sector, but also of those involved in the visual arts. More and more people are discovering this fascinating country, thus contributing to the demystification of the Middle East and noting the hospitality and responsiveness of these people who is very proud of the lands they inhabit.
What about you? When will you give pleasure to your camera (and your eyes) to witness this scenario?