New York Film Locations

New York Film Locations on Your iPhone

30 November 2013

This week, otsoNY took a look at the various iPhone apps that currently offering New York film locations.

Using the Quick Search facility on the iPhone App Store, we found just 3 apps offering such a service; Scene Seeker NYC, Hollywookiee and Movie Locations, all of which are Free to download to your Smart Phone.

On first impression, Scene Seeker NYC looked like the worthy winner, offering an array of Categories such as Comedy, Romance, Action, Thriller and a number to show the amount of scenes available. Clicking on any of the categories showed a list of film titles and a brief location address. Clicking again takes you through to another page with facts and a scene photograph. If you would like to see an actual Map Location, this app will charge for such a service, which is where the disappointment starts. Having downloaded the app for free, you would expect the information inside to also be freely available, especially as it only offers a map view with a pointer to the location. In regards to the list of films available, there are no major surprises as this app only offers main stream film titles.

Next up is the app which asks the question, “Have you ever wondered where your favourite TV shows and Films were shot?” Unfortunately, this app struggles to answer that question, and although it suggests that there are New York film locations available to view, in fact there only seems to be 3 actual locations which include the Ghostbusters HQ, better known as the Fire Station on North Moore Street, Liz Lemon’s apartment from the TV show 30 Rock and the famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s townhouse where the character Holly Golighty resided.

Which brings us to the 3rd and final offering. Simply called Movie Locations, the app front page offers four options; Locations Near Me, Movie List, Paris Movies and James Bond Special. Clicking on the first option takes you to map and if you are a resident in New York, you’ll see lots of red-lolly-pops pointing to street locations and by clicking on them, gives the film title, a brief description and the distance between where you are to where it is. There are no actual pictures of the location which is a slight disappointment. Option two gives you a complete list of film titles with a click-through to view their map locations and the special James Bond feature ironically leaves out the Live and Let Die film location. But overall, this app far outshines the other two.

There are other free to download apps offering film locations for other areas of the world and these can be found by searching for Film Locations.


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