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18th Oct '17 4:09:28 AM ClintEastwood
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* In ''Series/{{Roots}}: The Next Generation'', The Los Angeles Arboretum doubles for Gambia in Africa. Most of the scenes used are acceptable to the untrained eye until the Queen Anne Cottage starts showing up in the background of a village made up of grass huts.

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* In ''Series/{{Roots}}: ''[[Series/Roots1977 Roots: The Next Generation'', Generation]]'', The Los Angeles Arboretum doubles for Gambia in Africa. Most of the scenes used are acceptable to the untrained eye until the Queen Anne Cottage starts showing up in the background of a village made up of grass huts.
16th Oct '17 7:41:08 AM TBustah
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** It's actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at the end of the episode ''Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire''. The episode was set in London, but Gus remarks "we might as well have been in British Colombia" since he and Shawn didn't get to see much of the city.
19th Sep '17 10:49:21 AM dasuberkaiser
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* Raccoon City in the 2nd and 3rd games of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' franchise is supposed to be designed after a typical small town in the United States, but in the games, you can see most of the streets are too narrow to allow traffic to go in both directions and there are a ton of alleyways; narrow streets and numerous alleys is something that is common in Japan and Capcom, the creators of ''Resident Evil'', is located in Japan.
** Capcom also produces the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' franchise, whose games are supposed to take place in the United States[[note]]Los Angeles, specifically, which ironically means California [[RussianReversal is the one being doubled for]] this time[[/note]], yet many locations are based on Japanese structures and cultures and the court system is based more off of the Japanese courts than American courts. It also doesn't help that the Japanese version of the games are written to take place directly in Japan, which makes many of the settings and characters fit better. According to WordOfGod, the first game was made with localization in mind while the sequels didn't have any immediate plans to be localized, which is why said sequels have a lot of Japanese cultural references and why the localized versions fall into the trope. One of the localizers explained that the reason the the localized games have so much Japanese references and cultures is due the settings taking place in [[{{Handwave}} an alternate timeline where anti-Japanese laws in the United States never existed]], allowing Japanese citizens to live and flourish in California.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' had an official patch trailer depicting Kel'thuzad journeying to Northrend and joining the Scourge. However the trailer was made back in the vanilla version of the game, where Northrend hadn't been programmed into the game yet. So they had Kel'thuzad wander around Winterspring instead.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'''s "Wolverines" mission is set in northeastern Virginia, but the strip mall is [[http://gamevideos.1up.com/video/id/31748.html modeled after a location in Vancouver, WA.]]
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* Raccoon City in the 2nd and 3rd games of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' franchise is supposed to be designed after a typical small town in the United States, but in the games, you can see most of the streets are too narrow to allow traffic to go in both directions and there are a ton of alleyways; narrow streets and numerous alleys is something that is common in Japan and Capcom, the creators of ''Resident Evil'', is located in Japan.
** Capcom also produces the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' franchise, whose games are supposed to take place in the United States[[note]]Los Angeles, specifically, which ironically means California [[RussianReversal is the one being doubled for]] this time[[/note]], yet many locations are based on Japanese structures and cultures and the court system is based more off of the Japanese courts than American courts. It also doesn't help that the Japanese version of the games are written to take place directly in Japan, which makes many of the settings and characters fit better. According to WordOfGod, the first game was made with localization in mind while the sequels didn't have any immediate plans to be localized, which is why said sequels have a lot of Japanese cultural references and why the localized versions fall into the trope. One of the localizers explained that the reason the the localized games have so much Japanese references and cultures is due the settings taking place in [[{{Handwave}} an alternate timeline where anti-Japanese laws in the United States never existed]], allowing Japanese citizens to live and flourish in California.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' had an official patch trailer depicting Kel'thuzad journeying to Northrend and joining the Scourge. However the trailer was made back in the vanilla version of the game, where Northrend hadn't been programmed into the game yet. So they had Kel'thuzad wander around Winterspring instead.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'''s "Wolverines" mission is set in northeastern Virginia, but the strip mall is [[http://gamevideos.1up.com/video/id/31748.html modeled after a location in Vancouver, WA.]]
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14th Sep '17 5:50:26 AM jaredthedecimator
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** Not exactly true, as a good portion was actually filmed in Georgia.
8th Sep '17 7:43:03 PM Malady
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** This speaks true of their other films, too: TheBigLebowski is explicitly LosAngeles; Film/{{Fargo}} is Fargo, North Dakota; NoCountryForOldMen was filmed and set near the Texas-Mexico border; and OBrotherWhereArtThou is steeped in Depression-era [[DeepSouth Mississippi]].

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** This speaks true of their other films, too: TheBigLebowski is explicitly LosAngeles; UsefulNotes/LosAngeles; Film/{{Fargo}} is Fargo, North Dakota; NoCountryForOldMen was filmed and set near the Texas-Mexico border; and OBrotherWhereArtThou Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou is steeped in Depression-era [[DeepSouth Mississippi]].
8th Sep '17 5:25:19 PM Occidensill
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* Averted in ''{{Series/Flashpoint}}'' which is set, for once in a generic ''Canadian'' city. Although all the Toronto scenery and extras wearing Toronto police uniforms and driving Toronto police cars and Toronto EMS ambulances, and reading a fictional newspaper called the ''Toronto Interpreter'' sort of ruin the whole "generic" bit. The series finale averts this completely, with dialogue firmly stating that the events take place in Toronto, and an on-screen caption labeling Toronto City Hall as itself.

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* Averted in ''{{Series/Flashpoint}}'' which is set, for once once, in a generic ''Canadian'' city. Although all city, though it bleeds from "filmed in Toronto" to "set in Toronto" as the Toronto scenery and extras wearing Toronto police uniforms and driving Toronto police cars and Toronto EMS ambulances, and reading a fictional newspaper called the ''Toronto Interpreter'' sort of ruin the whole "generic" bit. The series finale averts this completely, with dialogue firmly stating that the events take place in Toronto, and an on-screen caption labeling Toronto City Hall as itself.seasons wear on.



* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is set and filmed within Georgia and scenes set in UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} were filmed in the city proper; however, there are cases of TelevisionGeography for locations in other parts of the state. The [[http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/ Cobb Energy Centre]] doubles as the CDC headquarters, and the town of Senoia doubles for the town of Woodbury[[note]]However, the real Woodbury is located about 25 miles (40 km) south of Senoia[[/note]].

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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is set and filmed within Georgia and scenes set in UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} were filmed in the city proper; however, there are cases of TelevisionGeography for locations in other parts of the state. The [[http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/ Cobb Energy Centre]] doubles as the CDC headquarters, and the town of Senoia doubles for the town of Woodbury[[note]]However, the real Woodbury is located about 25 miles (40 km) south of Senoia[[/note]]. It has since begun meeting the trope, as it continues to be filmed in Georgia despite now being set in Virginia.
28th Aug '17 1:01:06 AM Cindylover1969
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* The miniseries ''Texas Rising'' was shot, ironically, in Mexico. And lead to several TheMountainsOfIllinois moments, among other inaccuracies.

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* The miniseries ''Texas Rising'' was shot, ironically, in Mexico. And lead Which led to several TheMountainsOfIllinois moments, among other inaccuracies.
20th Aug '17 8:07:48 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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One of the most famous examples of this is in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (and all subsequent series), in which every planet they land on looks exactly like the [[KirksRock deserts of southern California]] or the redwood forests of Northern California, or the mountains of California (assuming it isn't a studio cyclorama instead). Oh, and from time to time the script might call for a beach. Any ideas?

There is also [[{{UsefulNotes/Vancouver}} Vancouver Doubling]] that is helpful with vast mountain forests, dry deserts and oceans nearby, Toronto has doubled for urban areas such as UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} more times than it has actually represented itself, and Utah has been Vulcan, Mars, and the Old West.

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One of the most famous examples of this is in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (and all subsequent series), in which every planet they land on looks exactly like the [[KirksRock deserts of southern California]] or California]], the redwood forests of Northern California, or the mountains of Central California (assuming it isn't a studio cyclorama instead). Oh, and from time to time the script might call for a beach. Any ideas?

There California is also [[{{UsefulNotes/Vancouver}} Vancouver Doubling]] not the only place that is helpful with has done this. The Canadian province of British Columbia, between the metropolis of {{UsefulNotes/Vancouver}} and its vast mountain forests, dry deserts forests and oceans nearby, Toronto has become the third-largest film production center in North America thanks partly to its ability to stand in for [[TheOtherRainforest the Pacific Northwest]] (usually UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} or UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}) or any small, rural town in the northern half of the US. Another Canadian city, UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}, has doubled for urban areas cities such as UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} more times than it has actually represented itself, and Utah itself. UsefulNotes/{{Utah}} has been Vulcan, Mars, and the Old West.
West. Georgia and Louisiana have represented not just the Old South, but also modern Midwestern suburbia, northern industrial cities, and the jungles of Africa and South America. State and national governments know this, and frequently offer generous tax credits to lure film and television productions to their locales, to the point where even California itself has started [[http://deadline.com/2017/05/california-film-production-report-2016-tax-incentives-la-la-land-1202100575/ offering its own tax incentives]] to keep Hollywood filming near, well, Hollywood.



Another time that this may be necessary is if the original location (and this is true especially for period pieces) no longer looks like what it did in story. While obviously it might be a bit difficult filming an ancient Rome in Rome itself, as the city resembles Caesar's city in name only, even more recent cases might need new areas--the London of today is quite different from the London of Victorian times and the early part of the twentieth century (thanks [[TheBlitz in no small part]] to the ''[[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Luftwaffe]]''), so many East European locations are substituted instead.

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Another time that this may be necessary is if the original location (and this is true especially for period pieces) no longer looks like what it did in story. While obviously it might be a bit difficult filming an ancient Rome in Rome itself, as the city resembles Caesar's city in name only, even more recent cases might need new areas--the London of today is quite different from the London of Victorian times and the early part of the twentieth century (thanks [[TheBlitz in no small part]] to the ''[[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Luftwaffe]]''), so many East Eastern European locations are substituted instead.
20th Aug '17 4:48:13 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Series/{{Warehouse13}}'' is filmed in Toronto and the surrounding area, and they barely attempt to hide it. In the third season finale, there is a Valu-Mart which is supposed to be in Elk Ridge, South Dakota. Valu-Mart is a grocery store that doesn't exist outside of Canada at all. Union Station in Toronto doubled for Geneva, Switzerland in the second season premiere as well.

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* ''Series/{{Warehouse13}}'' ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' is filmed in Toronto and the surrounding area, and they barely attempt to hide it. In the third season finale, there is a Valu-Mart which is supposed to be in Elk Ridge, South Dakota. Valu-Mart is a grocery store that doesn't exist outside of Canada at all. Union Station in Toronto doubled for Geneva, Switzerland in the second season premiere as well.



* Toronto doubles for Los Angeles in ''TheLAComplex'' with a mix of location-shot establishing shots and yellow filters to make the sun look brighter.

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* Toronto doubles for Los Angeles in ''TheLAComplex'' ''Series/TheLAComplex'' with a mix of location-shot establishing shots and yellow filters to make the sun look brighter.



* ''Series/TheStrain'' is filmed in the Toronto area; one of the most blatantly obvious examples is a scene in Season 1 that clearly has the interior Toronto's Union Station doubling (poorly) for New York City's Grand Central Station. In season 2, the exterior is used to double for the streets of Washington D.C. [[note]]This time, however, the doubling is really only obvious if you are intimately familiar with the geography with one or both of the involved cities.[[/note]]

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* ''Series/TheStrain'' is filmed in the Toronto area; one of the most blatantly obvious examples is a scene in Season 1 that clearly has the interior of Toronto's Union Station doubling (poorly) for New York City's Grand Central Station. In season 2, the exterior is used to double for the streets of Washington D.C. [[note]]This time, however, the doubling is really only obvious if you are intimately familiar with the geography with one or both of the involved cities.[[/note]]



* ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem'' took place in a version of Gunnison, Colorado that has a suspiciously large number of evergreen pines. (That area of the state is mostly semi-arid scrubland in real life.)



* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'', despite the title and setting, was mostly filmed in Vancouver.

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* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'', despite the title and setting, was mostly filmed in Vancouver. The original script called for scenes taking place at Madison Square Garden and on the Brooklyn Bridge, but budget constraints forced them to shoot primarily in Canada (only the Times Square scene was actually filmed on location), while most of the film is spent on a cruise ship traveling to New York.
20th Aug '17 10:21:54 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Series/StrangerThings'' takes place in Indiana but was shot in the UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} suburb of Jackson.
* InUniverse example with ''Series/{{IZombie}}'': the ShowWithinAShow 'Zombie High'' takes place in Oregon, but is shot in Seattle for tax break purposes (lampshading [=iZombie=] itself takes part in Vancouver Doubling).

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* ''Series/StrangerThings'' takes place in Indiana but was shot in the UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} suburb of Jackson.
Jackson. Notably, the choice of setting was motivated by this trope. It was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally titled]] ''Montauk'' and set in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState the real-life Long Island town of that name]], with the setting meant to have an [[Film/{{Jaws}} Amity Island]] feel to it. However, their budget didn't allow them to film in a location that could double for that sort of Northeastern coastal town, while suburban Georgia, with that state's generous tax breaks, could easily double for an [[Creator/AmblinEntertainment Amblin-esque]] EverytownAmerica setting.
* InUniverse example with ''Series/{{IZombie}}'': ''Series/IZombie'': the ShowWithinAShow 'Zombie ''Zombie High'' takes place in Oregon, but is shot in Seattle for tax break purposes (lampshading [=iZombie=] how ''[=iZombie=]'' itself takes part in Vancouver Doubling).
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