Where was Aquaman filmed? Filming Locations in Italy and the real Amnesty Bay in Maine

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Aquaman takes place after the events of Justice League. The action-packed film, based on the classic character from DC Comics, focuses on the quest of the underwater superhero to reluctantly claim the Throne Of Atlantis.

The movie is partially set in Italy and the fictional town of Amnesty Bay, Maine. Aquaman was primarily filmed in Australia's Gold Coast of Queensland. The production was based at Village Roadshow Studios, but also some filming took place in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Morocco.

The director with the cast of Aquaman

The mighty Kingdom of Atlantis is similar to Marvel's Wakanda in Black Panther. The undersea metropolis is an advanced civilization, hidden -until now- from human society. Also, both movies feature a fight for the throne.

The blockbuster is starring Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa (who became a celebrity after playing the role of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones). Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, The Danish Girl) plays Mera, his companion of adventures and daughter of King Nereus. Nicole Kidman portrays the wet superhero mom and Willem Dafoe is Nuidis Vulko, Arthur Curry's mentor.


Aquaman temple in ruins in Italy

Director James Wan (Fast and Furious 7, The Conjuring, Saw) commented on social networks that 'If casting is half of your directing, then location is half your photography'. Wan also added in an interview that his vision of the film is to take the viewer on a big adventure, traveling from a place to another, mixing the spirit of Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and even 1984' Romancing the Stone.

This is the last guide to the Aquamans’ filming locations that you will ever need. Now let’s get started:

Aquaman lighthouse Location
Amnesty Bay is Arthur Curry's hometown in Massachusetts, where his father raised him. The crew built the lighthouse (without the top of it, as you can see in the image) on location at the lookout of the spectacular cape Hastings Point (New South Wales).
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Beach fight in Australia with CGI
You may wonder where is located the cool beach with impressive rock formations in the background. Just like Wonder Woman's Themyscira Island, everything was added digitally in post-production. The scene set in Casablanca with camels was filmed in Currumbin Beach, south of the city of Gold Coast.
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Amber Heard as Mera in Amnesty Bay set
The set of Amnesty Bay, including some buildings (The Fish Co-Op, the Sunken Galleon restaurant), was built just before Sea World in Main Beach (Southport). Some underwater scenes near the shore were filmed at Amity Point (North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay).
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Boat sequence shot in a soundstage
A substantial part of the movie was filmed in the backlot, water tanks, and sound stages of Village Roadshow Studios. Many shows and movies shoot up here in the last few years, including Godzilla vs. Kong the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean, installment, Thor Ragnarok, or Kong: Skull Island. Two-thirds of the film takes place underwater, making things more complicated for the team, requiring a lot of blue screens and CGI.
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Where in Sicily was Aquaman filmed
The sequence taking place in Italy was meant to be filmed in the beautiful village of Erice in Sicily (lower picture). The production had announced the shooting to the press, but it was canceled for economic reasons. Apparently, it didn't pay off to move cast and crew to Italy for a small section of filming that could be done in the studios. Anyway, Erice seems to be a clear inspiration for the Italian town that we see in the movie.
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Aquaman drehort
ven if Erice is not a coastal town, its castle and cobbled streets seem to be the clear inspiration for the Italian town that we see in the movie.
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Morocco desert dunes
There is very little info available about the filming in Morocco, although the Moroccan Cinematographic Center confirmed on its website that Aquaman was filming in the country for about six weeks in Erfoud, Merzouga, Ouarzazate (home of Atlas Studios), and Marrakech. Merzouga is a remote oasis town close to the border with Algeria with monumental sand dunes and amazing views over the Sahara desert.
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2 comments:

Anonymous - January 16, 2019 at 4:35 AM
1- What scenes were filmed in Newfoundland in the movie Aquaman?

  Anonymous - February 12, 2019 at 12:28 PM
2- Do you know, which casting agency was used for this movie in Australia? Thank you!

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