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Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby Clark_Griswold » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:02 pm

First, I would rather not have a discussion about the movie or the politics surrounding it, if there are any. I am interested in the scenery.

I recently watch, "Lone Survivor", which was decent, but the scenery was fantastic. I figure that the super rugged scenes were filmed on the WEST (not east as originally and incorrectly written) side of the Sandia Mountains, as they did not look like the Sangres. Does anyone know or recognize the mountains where they filmed the majority of the higher elevation scenes that were supposed to be around the village, and up near tree line when they were leaving, but before the fighting?

I read this was filmed in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains outside of Santa Fe. It looked a lot more rugged and impressive than I expected, but that can happen in a movie. Otherwise, I have no idea where they were, nor do I recognize peaks, since I am not familiar with that area.
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby Jesus Malverde » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:23 pm

Clark,
I too recently saw Lone Survivor and thought the same thing: those peaks can't be in New Mexico.
I was thinking somewhere in the Middle East or Maghreb?
FWIW, I watched the bonus parts of the DVD and there wasn't any mention of special affects for the mt. scenery or foreign filming locations. Then again, I could have missed something. Google seems to be coming up short, ditto for the official movie site, hopefully someone out there might have an answer?
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UPDATE, also this:
http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelf ... rvivor.php

Where was Lone Survivor filmed?

To replicate the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range of Afghanistan's Kunar Province, the filmmakers headed to New Mexico, filming on location in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest. Portions of the battle and the sets for the Shah village and the Pashtun village were recreated on the less treacherous terrain of Chilili, New Mexico. Additional filming took place on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, as well as on soundstages at Albuquerque's I-25 Studios. -Production Notes
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:11 pm

There are some significant cliff in the Sangre de Cristo. Even the N side of Lake Peak is dramatic. "Sante Fe National Forest" gives more wiggle room; some of the eroded tuffs in the Jemez Mountains are quite dramatic.
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby jfrishmanIII » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:36 pm

Haven't seen the movie, but I got intrigued enough to watch the trailers, and most of the dramatic scenic shots they show are either the west face of the Sandias or the Ravens Ridge area near Lake Peak in the Sangres. This, for instance, is a very familiar view for me. Like MoapaPk says, there are plenty of cliffs in there. There's just one shot in the trailers that looks like they might have done some digital enhancement, or maybe made a trip up to Colorado, but without seeing more of it I can't say for sure. Got any screen captures? It does bring to mind the way they used digital effects in Argo to make LA look like Tehran under the snowy Alborz.

It looks like the filmmakers did run into a very New Mexican snafu regarding locations:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/was-lone-survivor-wrongfully-filmed-670447
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:31 pm

Depending on the angle, the Truchas Peaks are pretty rugged.
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby Jesus Malverde » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:58 pm

FWIW,
I was referring to the soaring, precipitous and craggy mountain scenery that I believe was at the beginning of the film. It looked like it was filmed from a helicopter. If I remember correctly there was another very similar scene later in the film.
Here's a link to a picture of the peaks/cliffs with helicopters in the scene:
http://www.austindailyherald.com/2014/0 ... d-in-film/
Are these peaks located in New Mexico? Moreover, are those helicopters "real?" :)
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby MoapaPk » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:23 am

Jesus Malverde wrote:FWIW,
I was referring to the soaring, precipitous and craggy mountain scenery that I believe was at the beginning of the film. It looked like it was filmed from a helicopter. If I remember correctly there was another very similar scene later in the film.
Here's a link to a picture of the peaks/cliffs with helicopters in the scene:
http://www.austindailyherald.com/2014/0 ... d-in-film/
Are these peaks located in New Mexico? Moreover, are those helicopters "real?" :)


Easily could be in NM. Colors look like Jemez.
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby jfrishmanIII » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:55 am

Jesus Malverde wrote:FWIW,
I was referring to the soaring, precipitous and craggy mountain scenery that I believe was at the beginning of the film. It looked like it was filmed from a helicopter. If I remember correctly there was another very similar scene later in the film.
Here's a link to a picture of the peaks/cliffs with helicopters in the scene:
http://www.austindailyherald.com/2014/0 ... d-in-film/
Are these peaks located in New Mexico? Moreover, are those helicopters "real?" :)

Can't tell you about the helicopters, but that absolutely looks like the west side of Sandia. Remember, there are technical routes up to 10 pitches in there, plenty of big cliffs.
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby MoapaPk » Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:54 am

The Thumb looks pretty dramatic from below... http://www.mountainproject.com/v/106098987
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby Jesus Malverde » Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:31 pm

MoapaPk,
Thanks again. I appreciate the word.
Thanks to Google Fu found this too:
Lone Survivor Production Notes
Filming in New Mexico: Design and Locations (Page 25)
http://www.lonesurvivorfilm.com/assets/ ... nnotes.pdf

"Eight days alone were spent 11,000 to 12,000
feet up in the mountains at locations such as Antenna
Ridge, Raven’s Ridge, Benny’s Jump and Loggers Cliff.
There, the temperatures hovered in the high 30s and
low 40s. In all, to approximate the Hindu Kush region
of Afghanistan, the production shot at 10 separate
locations in the national forest. Reachable by chairlift
to a staging area, then by foot to the shooting location, "


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Climbing Mountains to Make Lone Survivor
http://library.creativecow.net/kaufman_ ... Survivor/1
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby Clark_Griswold » Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:33 pm

They are very rugged looking, but I think Truchas area access is harder to achieve for filming.

So, it was all near the Ski area, then? It was still impressive, and the photography made it look bigger. Hate to say it, but it looks a lot nicer than some of the exposed rock further north in CO, but I like the dry grassy slopes on mountains. They filmed in October and early November, and the lighting was perfect. Reminded me of my hikes on the San Francisco Peaks right after I moved to Flagstaff in the summer of 2006.
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby MoapaPk » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:04 am

Also:
Climbing Mountains to Make Lone Survivor
http://library.creativecow.net/kaufman_ ... Survivor/1


Yep, one of those pics shows Nambe Lake in the back (NW of Lake Peak). I'd be homesick, if I knew where home was.
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby Jesus Malverde » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:42 am

MP,
I thought this was your home.. :)
http://www.summitpost.org/moapa-peak/153672
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby silversummit » Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:20 pm

I looked up the filming locations for this movie and supposedly it was all filmed in New Mexico.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1091191/locations
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Re: Lone Survivor Movie Scenery

Postby MoapaPk » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:31 am

Jesus Malverde wrote:MP,
I thought this was your home.. :)
http://www.summitpost.org/moapa-peak/153672


Though I have been up Moapa peak 6 times, the choice of screen name actually had nothing to do with mountain climbing. I had brain damage in 2002, and when I registered at a brain damage support group, I chose that name. I used to drive by that peak and it became a symbol of independence. I knew I would learn to deal with my handicap only if were independent. I didn't summit the peak till a year later.
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