Interesting Pennsylvania Filming Facts

737px-film_crewPennsylvania is no Hollywood, California when it comes to filming movies, but the Keystone State does make an amazing backdrop for them. From the Appalachian Mountains that diagonally bisect the state to the shorelines of the Delaware River, Pennsylvania is home to the fifth largest city in the U.S., Philadelphia. This state is a great choice to film a movie.

The following are some interesting film facts about Pennsylvania. Remember – it is important to know a good Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer if you are part of a film production in Pennsylvania.


Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs, which was filmed back in the early 1990s, was shot in several locations in Pennsylvania. Some of the movie’s scenes were shot in Bimini Airport, South Bimini Island, West Virginia, Memphis, Tennessee, the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Bellaire, Ohio. Pennsylvania scenes took place in some of the following places:

  • Baltimore State Forensic Hospital (demolished in 2012), Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Lindberg Avenue, Shaler Township, Pennsylvania
  • McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Perryopolis, Pennsylvania
  • Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Layton, Pennsylvania
  • Rural Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Old Allegheny County Jail, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Soldiers and Sailors Museum Memorial, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In fact, the home of “Buffalo Bill” was up for sale last summer. With a domestic gross sales total of $130,742,922, it would be surprising if you have not seen this well-known thriller. Did you recognize any Pennsylvania-filmed scenes listed above when you were watching the movie?

Other Movies Filmed in Pennsylvania

You might be surprised to find out that there is a long list of movies that were filmed in places all across the state of Pennsylvania. Some of the more well-known movies that feature scenes or were mostly filmed in Pennsylvania include:

  • Rocky
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Unbreakable
  • Signs
  • Rocky III
  • Rocky V
  • Law Abiding Citizen
  • The Last Airbender
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • Witness
  • Wonder Boys
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Kingpin
  • Invincible
  • Mannequin
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • In Her Shoes
  • Blowout
  • Crumb
  • Smart People
  • Stealing Home

Pennsylvania Film Festivals

Pennsylvania hosts numerous film festivals throughout the year, mostly in the Philadelphia area, for those who happen to love the film and movie industry:

  • Philadelphia Film Festival
  • Silk Screen American Film Festival
  • Southside Film Festival
  • Three Rivers Art Festival
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
  • Endless Mountains Film Festival
  • Lancaster International Short Film Festival
  • New Hope Film Festival
  • Eerie Horror Film Festival & Expo
  • Cinedelphia Film Festival
  • Black Bear Film Festival
  • Stockholm International Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival

And, this list is not exhaustive. There are many more events celebrating the film industry that take place in Pennsylvania each year. 

Filming Injuries in Pennsylvania

Unfortunately, filming movies is not always safe and enjoyable. For example, when Campus PD was being filmed back in 2011, a helicopter crash occurred while the crew was filming at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and cameraman Greg Jacobsen was killed. There are many ways one could be injured while shooting a film in Pennsylvania.

Regardless of what may happen, if you have been injured while working on a film production or attending a film festival, someone needs to be held accountable for your injuries. Contact Solnick & Associates, LLC today to discuss your case and your rights.  

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