A standalone sequel to the 2018 movie ‘Searching‘ directed by Aneesh Chaganty, ‘Missing’ is a mystery thriller written and helmed by Nick Johnson and Will Merrick. It revolves around June Ellen, a teenager who has the house to herself when her mother goes on a vacation with her new boyfriend. Making the most of the situation, she hosts a house party, invites all her friends, and they all have a great time. However, when her mother doesn’t return after the vacation, June calls and texts her but without getting any response from the other end.
With the authorities not helping much, the teenager decides to use all the latest technology and search for her missing mother. As she gets deeper into the investigation, June is shocked when she comes across some dark secrets about her mom. The suspense and thrilling aspects of the narrative work well together to hold the viewers’ attention from the get-go. At the same time, June uses technology to connect to another country thousands of miles away to get to the truth. Thus, it is natural for you to wonder where ‘Missing’ was filmed. Well, in that case, allow us to fill you in on all the details about the same!
Missing Filming Locations
‘Missing’ was filmed in California and Colombia, particularly in Los Angeles and Cartagena. As per reports, the principal photography for the Storm Reid starrer commenced in late March 2021 under the working title ‘Searching 2’ and wrapped up in May of the same year. Since the story is set in California (where June and her mom live) and Colombia (where June’s mom goes vacationing with her boyfriend), the makers chose to shoot the movie on location and provide the audience with an immersive and authentic viewing experience. So, let’s take a look at all the specific places that feature in the thriller!
Los Angeles, California
The production team of ‘Missing’ primarily set up camp in Los Angeles, the largest city in California, to shoot most of the indoor scenes, including June’s house from where she leads the search to find her mom. They seemingly also traveled across the city to record several exterior shots against suitable backdrops. Furthermore, we can’t rule out the possibility that they utilized the facilities of one of the many film studios in and around Los Angeles.
Also known as The Entertainment Capital of the World, Los Angeles is famous for its ties to the entertainment industry as it is home to the film studios of some prominent production companies. This is why it is one of many filmmakers’ most preferred shooting sites. Over the years, several movies and TV shows have featured the city’s locales, including ‘Don’t Worry Darling,’ ‘The Gray Man,’ ‘Emily the Criminal,’ and ‘True Detective.’
A significant portion of ‘Missing’ was also lensed in Cartagena, aka Cartagena de Indias, a city on the northern coast of Colombia that also serves as one of the important ports in the Caribbean Coast Region. During the later stages of production, the cast and crew members were seemingly spotted taping several pivotal sequences around Arte Getsemani Galery at Cl. de San Juan #25-122 in Getsemaní. Cartegena is home to numerous tourist attractions, such as the Cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandría, Cartagena Gold Museum, Palace of Inquisition, and Torre del Reloj, some of which you might spot in the backdrop of a few scenes.
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