Raise the Titanic Locations
Under their watchful eye, the following special places were used for filming "Raise the Titanic":
The first scenes to be filmed were on a soundstage at CBS Studio Center in North Hollywood where the interior shots for the submersible scenes were first filmed.
The interior of the cave where Koplin finds Jake Hobart's frozen body on the Russian island is actually Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park, Los Angeles in the Hollywood Hills. White coated plastic covers the rocks to make it look like a frozen mine in the middle of the northern Russian arctic.
The Titanic salvage fleet was actually filmed off the coast of San Diego, CA.
The shot of the Titanic docked in New York Harbor was actually filmed in Greece. The bow is the ship Athinai used for the live exterior/interior shots. The rest is a matte painting.
The scenes of Pitt and Bigalow (Richard Jordan and Sir Alec Guinness) were filmed in the town of St. Ives on the northern peninsular of Cornwall. The pub where they end up at the end of this scene is called "The Sloop Inn. It turns out that they filmed both scenes during the aftermath of a Force Twelve hurricane.
The cemetery in the final scene is called Barnoon Cemetery and it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The town would normally be busy with tourists but only during the summer. But if you look closely it appears they ended up filming those scenes during the Fall/Winter months, hence the quietness.
The Meridian House International building, a non-profit corporation in the field of international affairs and dedicated to supporting intercultural exchange programs and a Washington landmark and a National Register of Historic Places doubles as the U.S.S.R. Embassy in Washington D.C.
The private home of Mr. and Mrs. David Shapiro, Prospect House doubled as Sandecker's House (the only time you see it is when Pitt explains to Sandecker and Seagram his finding on the Hobart file) in the film.
The Naval Research Laboratory Cyclotron Research Facility (again, you only see this at the beginning of the film as Seagram explains the Sicilian Project) was used for the Sicilian Project Scene.
Morven Park In Leesburg, VA, former home of Thomas Swann, 19th Century governor of Maryland, doubled as the White House on close-up shots. Then on the pan-shots the actual White house was used as you see Seagram and Sandecker walk out of the gate.
The location where Dr. Seagram is explaining The Sicilain Project to the Navy Officers was filmed at Hewlett Packard in Colorado Springs, CO. [Thanks to Michael Allison]
The Russian Island exterior scenes were filmed in Valdez, Alaska and it was also the last of the principle photography: January, 1980.
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LX is our radical new locations feature that we've been beavering away on.. For years!
Each location will have it's own page with then/now pictures, maps, StreetView, discovery story and the most detailed explanations on how the location was used. Most importantly, the locations will have a status that shows whether they are verified correct and by whom. We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. The whole thing will be very interactive and you will, of course, be able to update everything.
We are pleased to be able to bring you a sneak peek at what LX locations will be available for Raise the Titanic upon release:
The Sloop Pub
Dirk Meets Bigalow (Sir Alec Guinness)
Admiral Sandecker's Office
Washington Star (Interior)
Byzanium Mine (Interior)
Byzanium Mine (Exterior)
The Russian Embassy
Thwarting The Russian
Admiral Sandecker's House
Driving To Washington
Please Note: The status of some entries in this preview may be wrong because they are in-progress or need updating before release.
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