Movie Settings - My Family Travels

Some places in the world have a natural beauty that a movie director dreams about using in their films. As a future film student, when I go on vacation I look for those spots, the places where there is a naturally beautiful setting that cannot be recreated in movie studio on a green screen or in a picture through Adobe Photoshop. My favorite naturally beauty setting I’ve traveled to is in Portugal. Two main places caught my attention as being an amazing setting in a film. First at the Hotel Tvoli Almansor on the Algarve Coast. This hotel was on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. As my dad, little brother and I wandered around the resort's grounds we found a staircase built into the cliff. Being the adventurous people we are, we walked down the staircase to see what we would find. If I knew I would find one of the most beautiful settings that I have ever seen I would have brought my entire suitcase and food to last, so I could stay there the rest of my trip.

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At the bottom of the steep staircase was a small beach almost fully surrounded by rugged cliffs that stood at least 100 feet high. It was a small cove in a “v” shape with blue green clear water crashing onto the yellow grainy sand. To add to the beauty, there was a large rock shaped like a sail boat that stood about 150 feet into the water and made a mini island for the birds. Along one of the sides of the cliff was a cave that would be incredibly difficult to get to and would probably not have been too safe.

The second place we drove to on my trip to Portugal was called Cabo da Roca. It is also known as the most western point of Europe.This setting also had a special natural beauty. The view from looking down from the cliffs into the Atlantic Ocean, was amazing. There were flowers covering the top and scattered about along the side of the cliff. It was beautiful. Plus, knowing that there was nothing further west, no land between where I was and North America was a pretty awesome feeling. I wish I could have stayed there until sun set to see the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean. That would have been even more beautiful and definitely a scene that a director would wait all day for in order to include in a film.

I hope one day I can actually visit these places with a video camera, crew, and script and incorporate these naturally beautiful places in one of my films because there are so many people in the world that are not as fortunate, and cannot afford to travel, or live in fear of planes or boats. These people can never see the beautiful places that I have been so lucky to see. Since those people may never get to come to Portugal, I want to bring it to them through one of my future films.

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