The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Launches Movie App

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Here’s something you can do while everything’s canceled, postponed or shut down due to the rise in COVID cases in the area: The Humboldt-DelNorte Film Commission just announced the launch of its Map of the Movies mobile app. The app is based on a printed map brochure of filming locations from the past century in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. And you can enjoy it in a socially distant, outdoorsy way.

Our area has played host to a number of well-known and not so well known films: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, After Earth, A Wrinkle in Time, Lost World: Jurassic Park and others. Armed with the Map of the Movies app, film lovers can venture out to discover local spots where movie magic was made.


The app features dozens of markers at filming locations with information on each movie, movie poster images and links to IMDB, as well as YouTube for viewing trailers, according to a press release from The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission. The release states the free app is available now in the Apple iOS app store, with the Android coming to the Google Play store in the next few weeks.

Sidebar: It should be noted that Salem’s Lot, the 1979 CBS miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, filmed almost entirely in Ferndale, does not get enough love. We hear a lot about Outbreak, The Majestic and Return of the Jedi — all excellent films, give or take Outbreak — and certainly worthy of local pride. But, let’s hear it for the sheer terror and 1970s camp that is Salem's Lot. King himself called the adaptation directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) “one of the best horror films that has ever been made for television.” It stars James Mason for starters. Not to mention ’70s heartthrob Lance Kerwin, comedic gem Fred Willard, Bonnie Bedelia, Marie Windsor and other notable character actors. Plus one of the most terrifying embodiments of the undead since Nosferatu. Take the time to rent Salem's Lot and delight in not only James Mason’s eyebrows, but also all the familiar buildings, houses, streets and landmarks in Ferndale (and a bit of Eureka). Just saying.
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For more on the Map of the Movie App, read the press release below.

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission is excited to announce the launch of their Map of the Movies mobile application. The new app is based on the popular printed map brochure featuring local filming locations from the past century in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Film tourism is one of the film commission’s focuses, as the economic benefit of film tourism can far outweigh the initial spending by film productions in the region. The app is aimed directly at promoting film tourism based on the rich film history of the Redwood Region.

The app features dozens of markers at filming locations with information on each movie, movie poster images and links to IMDB, as well as Youtube for viewing trailers. Each marker location is marked on the app and allows users to navigate to each using mobile navigation. In addition to the movie markers, the app also includes locations of local accommodations and restaurants to visit while following the map to help find a place to stay or eat along the way. The app is the first of its kind focusing on local points of interest, coupled with the ability to search, find, and navigate to hotels and food within the app.

Since 2014, the film commission has printed and distributed approximately 70,000 maps to local hotels, museums, and parks. The Map of the Movies has also been available on the film commission’s website as a PDF and as a custom Google Map. With the printed maps, PDF, and views online, the map has been seen over 225,000 times. Many tourists have extended their stays in the area to explore the map and those who distribute it have said that is the most popular activity brochure handed out. The immense popularity of the map led the film commission to creating the app to make it even easier from locals and tourists alike to access the map and more importantly make it easier to navigate utilizing their mobile phones.
In the future, the film commission plans on updating the app with images of filming locations, movie stills featuring the locations, an audio tour and more. Additional markers will also be added to expand the map as more movies are filmed in the region.

The map’s markers are predominately placed outside, but the commission would like to remind the public to remain socially distant while exploring and wear masks inside at the few locations where the markers are located within buildings. In addition to these reminders, the commission asks users to obey all COVID protocols required at all business they visit while following the map.

The free app is now available in the Apple iOS app store, with the Android coming to the Google Play store in the next few weeks.



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