Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Disney+’s ‘Crater’ is a coming-of-age science fiction movie that stars Isaiah Russell-Bailey as Caleb Channing, a boy raised by his father in a lunar mining colony. After his father’s unexpected and tragic demise, he goes on an intergalactic journey to be permanently relocated to another planet. However, before leaving, Caleb, his three best friends, Dylan, Borney, and Marcus, and a new arrival from Earth named Addison embark on a mission to fulfill his dad’s final wish.
The mission is to explore a mysterious crater, and to complete it, the group of friends manage to hijack a rover and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. Apart from Russell-Bailey, the adventure movie features impressive onscreen performances from a young ensemble comprising Mckenna Grace, Billy Barratt, Orson Hong, Thomas Boyce, and Scott Mescudi. With the entire story set in futuristic outer space, the visuals of craters, planets, and moons will likely make one curious about the actual filming sites of ‘Crater.’
Crater: Where Was it Filmed?
‘Crater’ was filmed in Louisiana, California, and Iceland, specifically in Baton Rouge and Los Angeles. Principal photography for the sci-fi movie reportedly commenced in June 2021 and wrapped up in September of the same year. Now, without much ado, let us walk you through all the specific locations that double for outer space in the Disney+ movie!
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Many pivotal sequences for ‘Crater’ were taped in and around Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana. In particular, Celtic Studios served as the primary production location for the adventure movie. Located at 10000 Celtic Drive, the film studio was utilized to build some expansive sets and offices by the filming unit as it is a stage-heavy feature. They had to construct many of the elements that aren’t there in real life.
Sitting on 40 acres of land, Celtic Studios is known to be the largest film and television studio in Louisiana. It is home to seven sound stages of varying sizes, green space, production offices, and a backlot of an area of 100,000 square feet. All these amenities make it an ideal shooting location for many filmmakers.
Los Angeles County, California
A few portions of ‘Crater’ were also lensed in Los Angeles County, with the filming unit setting up camp in different places. Apart from shooting some scenes in the Mojave Desert, it is possible that they utilized the facilities of a studio of one of the many film production companies in the county. Some major ones are Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios. Over the years, LA County’s facilities and locales have been utilized in numerous movies and TV shows, including ‘Nope,’ ‘Interstellar,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ and ‘Black Mirror.’
According to some sources, the production team also traveled to Iceland for shooting. For instance, Svínafellsjökull, the Vatnajökull ice cap, Dimmuborgir lava fields, and Reynisfjara Beach, near the small town of Vík í Mýrdal, are some of the major filming sites that reportedly feature in the Disney+ movie!
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