1. NYC, aka Bulgaria
The Nu Boyana Film Studios is one of the premiere production locations for filmmakers for both European filmmakers, and Americans willing to take a long trip to save some money. One drawback: buildings can’t be taller than 20 meters, so directors need to computer animate skyscrapers. Or, shoot the real thing in Manhattan.
It is used in large part by Millennium Films. The recent Oscar-nominated film Kon-Tiki shot its New York exteriors here. Eliza Graves, starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, Kate Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess, is in production here, too.
Can the NYPD arrest you in Central Europe?
Looks like the cast of Newsies might bust out at any time.
2. NYC, aka Atlanta
Atlanta has become a major hub for production in recent years. Here, its downtown is transformed into 1980 New York for Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
7. NYC, aka the Universal Studios backlot
A shot of “Chinatown.” This lot reopened in 2010 after being destroyed by a fire.
8. NYC, aka the U.K.
As more and more movies get made in the U.K. — particularly at the Pinewood Studio — Northern shipping cities are being used to resemble old New York. The first Captain America had its 1940s Brooklyn scenes shot in Liverpool and Manchester.