Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission launches film app

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Here’s something you can do while everything is canceled, postponed or closed due to the increase in COVID cases in the region: The Humboldt-DelNorte Film Commission has just announced the launch of its Map of the mobile app. Movies. 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 and outdoor way.

Our region has hosted many well-known and lesser-known films: ET the alien, After Earth, A Wrinkle in Time, Lost World: Jurassic Park and others. Armed with the Map of the Movies app, moviegoers can venture out to explore the local places where the magic of cinema was created.

The app offers dozens of location markers with information about each movie, images of movie posters 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 said the free app is now available in the Apple iOS App Store, and Android will hit the Google Play Store in the coming weeks.

Box: It should be noted that Salem Lot, the 1979 CBS miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, filmed almost entirely in Ferndale, doesn’t get enough love. We hear a lot about Hatching, the majestic and Return of the Jedi – all great movies, give or take Epidemic – and certainly worthy of local pride. But, let’s hear it for sheer terror and the 1970s camp that is Lot of Salem. King himself called the adaptation made by Tobe Hooper (The Chainsaw Massacre) “one of the best horror films ever made for television”. It stars James Mason to start. Not to mention 70s idol Lance Kerwin, comedic gem Fred Willard, Bonnie Bedelia, Marie Windsor and other notable actors. Plus one of the most terrifying incarnations of the living dead since Nosferatu. Take the time to rent Salem Lot and enjoy not only James Mason’s eyebrows, but all the familiar buildings, houses, streets and landmarks of Ferndale (and a bit of Eureka). I’m just saying.

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To learn more about the Map of the Movie app, read the press release below.

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission is pleased to announce the launch of its Map of the Movies mobile app. The new app is based on the popular printed map brochure featuring local filming locations from the last century in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Film tourism is one of the objectives of the Film Commission, as the economic benefits of film tourism can far exceed the initial expenses of film productions in the region. The app is directly aimed at promoting film tourism based on the rich film history of the Redwood area.

The app offers dozens of location markers with information about 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 movie markers, the app also includes the locations of local accommodation and restaurants to visit while following the map to help you find a place to stay or eat along the way. The app is the first of its kind to focus on local points of interest, coupled with the ability to search, find and navigate to hotels and restaurants within the app.

Since 2014, the film commission has printed and distributed around 70,000 cards to local hotels, museums and parks. The film map is also available on the Film Commission website in PDF format and as a personalized Google map. With printed maps, PDF and online views, the map has been viewed over 225,000 times. Many tourists have extended their stay in the area to explore the map and those who distribute it said it is the most popular activity brochure distributed. The immense popularity of the map led the film commission to create the app to make it even easier for locals and tourists to access the map and, more importantly, to facilitate navigation using their mobile phones.
Going forward, the Film Commission plans to update the app with footage from filming locations, stills from films showcasing the locations, an audio tour and more. Additional markers will also be added to expand the map as more movies are shot in the area.

Map markers are mostly placed outdoors, but the commission wants to remind the public to stay socially aloof while exploring and to wear masks indoors at the few places the markers are located in buildings. In addition to these reminders, the commission is asking users to obey all required COVID protocols in any businesses they visit while tracking the map.

The free app is now available in the Apple iOS App Store, and Android will hit the Google Play Store in the coming weeks.

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