Aquaman Filming Locations: The real Amnesty Bay in Maine

Where was Aquaman filmed
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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 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 Nereu. Nicole Kidman portrays the wet superhero mom and Willem Dafoe is Nuidis Vulko, Arthur Curry's mentor.

Director James Wan (Fast & Furious 7, The Conjuring, Saw) commented on social networks that 'If casting is half of your directing, then location is half your photography'. He stated 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.

The movie is partially set in 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 in Morocco. Here are the filming locations where movie was shot:

Aquaman lighthouse Location
Amnesty Bay is Arthur Curry's hometown in Massachusetts, where he was raised by his father. 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).
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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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. As happened with 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). Image courtesy of Warner Bros. - Map

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, like the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment, Thor Ragnarok or Kong: Skull Island. Two thirds of the film take place underwater, making things more complicated for the team, requiring a lot of blue screens and CGI. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. - Map

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. The production had announced the shooting to the press, but it was cancelled 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 the clear inspiration for the Italian town that we see in the movie.
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Aquaman drehort
Anyway, even 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. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. and Anna & Michal

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 huge sand dunes and amazing views over the Sahara desert.
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  1. What scenes were filmed in Newfoundland in the movie Aquaman ?

  2. Do you know, which casting agency was used for this movie in Australia?thank you


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