Locations play a key role in The Camera, whose story begins in Chicago and soon leads us to Paris and the French countryside. An initial director’s scout was conducted by Producer Wade Danielson and Director Terry Green, beginning in Paris and extending throughout France. The team drove over 2,200 miles and visited over fifty cities, towns and villages, guided by representatives of France’s regional film commissions, as well as the mayors and directors of tourism of various provinces.
Following a logistics analysis of each location, the list of potential “hero” villages was narrowed down to eight and Wade and Terry returned to France with Director of Photography Paul Sanchez to conduct a more thorough scout of these candidates. Those villages are Angles-sur-l’Anglin, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Arles, Roussillon, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. All of the towns and villages that were scouted are distinctly different from one another and each offers a personality all its own.
The production will utilize several locations throughout France, Paris among them, but only one village will be selected for the core of filming. This choice will be based on the cinematic potential of each location, as well as logistics. Hotel accommodations, travel times, equipment availability and other factors will weigh into the final decision, to be made approximately six months prior to production. The twenty-five selections below were thoroughly photographed and images can be viewed by clicking on the location windows beneath the map.