The Artemis Fowl House: Where was Artemis Fowl filmed?

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Set in Ireland, 'the most magical place on Earth', the Artemis Fowl universe is an adaptation of Eoin Colfer children's book series. In the last few years, many authors have been pursuing the Holy Grail of writing the new Harry Potter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, this movie is Disney's bet to produce a new series of films based on this story.

Artemis II (Ferdia Shaw) is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind gifted child, living in an awesome house full of gadgets, secrets and that thingy called Aculos. The Fowls (Colin Farrell plays his father Artemis I), keep the peace of our world with the secret civilization of fairies, dwarfs, goblins and trolls that live deep underground in Haven City.

Artemis Fowl was basically filmed in Northern Ireland and at Longcross Studios near London. Some drone footage was recorded in Italy and according to the movie credits, filming was also done at Ho Chi Minh City (the old Saigon in Vietnam) and in the Scottish town of Thurso. However we haven't seen a trace of them in the final cut, so these filming locations are probably going to appear in a next installment, shot simultaneously with this film.

Artemis Fowl Manor set
The key location of the movie is the Artemis Fowl Manor. Instead of looking for the ideal house or creating one using CGI, Disney decided to build it from scratch on the grounds of Longcross Studios. As you can check out in Google Maps, the set is huge and includes the cabin by the beach.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Disney - Map


Artemis Fowl drehort
Building the full Artemis Fowl house allowed filmmakers to design the mansion layout to accommodate filming requirements. The way the camera spins during the troll fight or the single take with the kid, walking all over the rooms, were scenes easier to shoot as everything was planned beforehand. Image courtesy of Disney - Map


The Fowl House
In the story, the Fowl State is located northeast of the sacred Hill of Tara, seat of the High Kings of Ireland according to Irish mythology. Although there are no monumental trees in this ancient ceremonial site, this is a real landmark near Skryne in County Meath. The beach is inspired by the Whiterocks Beach in Portrush. Portrush is situated in the north coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, just a few miles away from the wonderful Giant's Causeway coast. Image courtesy of Disney - Maps: Hill of Tara / White Rocks Beach


Dunluce Castle
Domovoi Dom Butler (Nonso Anozie) is standing in the ruins of Dunluce Castle in Bushmills Northern Ireland, located less than 2 miles away from Whiterocks Beach. The fortress is the ancestral seat of Clan McDonnell and is heavily exposed to the elements, perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Image courtesy of Disney - Map


Haven City
Inspiration for the underground Haven City, home of the fairies commanded by Julius Root (Judi Dench), seems to come from the Dongchuan Red Land terraced fields. This is a remote colorful landscape, located in the Chinese province of Yunnan. Image courtesy of Disney and Winters Zhang - Map


Fairy Holly Short in Italy
The fairy Holly Short (Lara McDonnell) comes shooting out of the Vesuvius volcano, near Napoli (Italy). She flies through some coastal villages in the hills, that look a lot like the ones of the dazzling Amalfi Coast.
Image courtesy of Disney - Map


The Italian Town Location
The monstrous troll attacks humans celebrating a wedding in a town called Martina Franca. It does exist an Italian town called like this in Apulia, South of Italy. But actually, the village pictured in the movie is San Gimignano, the medieval skyscrapers town in Tuscany. No traditional filming took place here; the crew just taped drone footage, scanning the old towered center, on which the images of the film are built.
Image courtesy of Fanny et Anthony - Map


Red Fort Towers
Dwarfus giganticus Mulch Diggums (Josh Gad) spends most of the movie under arrest in the M16 Red Fort Interrogation Unit offshore London in the Thames Estuary. The Red Sands Fort are a sort of navy armed towers, built during the Second World War for anti-aircraft defence. Decommissioned after the war, some of the platforms have been reused for activities like pirate radio broadcasting. The unrecognised micronation of the Principality of Sealand manages one of the Maunsell Forts system towers. Image courtesy of Russss - Map

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For further information about the real enchanted Irish wonderland, here is a complete guides about this awesome country. Also if you enjoyed the movie, do not miss the book series and the Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer:

   

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2 comments
  1. Just funny how they use an actual historic place in the story.. but the hill of tara is no where near the water. So whats the point of using a real site if you arent going along with everything involved. Just make something else up

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