Where was The Shape of Water filmed?

The new movie of Guillermo del Toro is a visually powerful film that features a few interesting filming locations. This is a love story between a moult woman working in a hidden high-security government laboratory, and a sea creature that was found in the rivers of South America.

The cast is lead by Sally Hawkins (Elisa) and Octavia Spencer (Zelda) as the facilities cleaning women, Doug Jones gets -literally- into the skin of other-worldly amphibian, Michael Shannon is the temperamental Colonel Richard, and Richard Jenkins is Elisa's friend, Giles.

The Shape of Water was filmed in Hamilton and Toronto in Ontario (Canada). However, the movie is set in Baltimore (Maryland), during the years of the Cold War around 1963:

The Shape of Water Locations
A large part of the film, including the Occam Aerospace Research Center, was shot at Cinespace Studios in Toronto.
Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight

The Shape of Water where filmed
The water man goes to the cinema in the beautiful Elgin Theatre in Toronto.
Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight and Anton Bielousov - Map

The Shape of Water Toronto
The exteriors of the theatre were filmed in Massey Hall, also in Toronto.
Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight and Secondarywaltz - Map

The Shape of Water filmed
The Shape of Water crew shot outside a building at 181 MacNab St S in Hamilton.
courtesy of Fox Searchlight and Google Maps

Where does The Shape of Water take place
According to local newspaper TheSpec.com filming also took place in Hamilton City Hall and the old Delta Bingo at 46 King Street E. Image by Saforrest

Where is The Shape of Water set
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For further information to go behind the scenes, we recommend you the book Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water: Creating a Fairy Tale for Troubled Times, including amazing concept art and design work created for the film. Also it's available the atmospheric soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat, and the novel of the movie, co-writed by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus:


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1 comment:

  1. Any information on the scenes at the docks??

    I'm traveling to Toronto in a week and I'm gonna hit all these places... what an incredible movie...


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