, and many car commercials tend to feature beautiful scenery and gorgeous roadways that might leave you wondering where they were filmed. Or, maybe you’ve noticed that some locations featured ads for different cars look pretty similar?
If so, you have a good eye, because there are a number of popular set locations that are commonly used for car commercials. Perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of them are in
, you might not have heard of this tunnel by name. But you almost certainly have seen it in car commercials and movies. It has been described as "the most recognizable city landmark most Americans have never heard of," by the Los Angeles Times via Car and Driver.
Filming a car commercial requires a mastery of light usage. After all, cars tend to be quite reflective. This quarter-mile-long tunnel is a dream for any director of photography. The interior is reflective, providing a sleek and shiny look for car ads.
According to Car and Driver, at least 73 car commercials have been filmed here. It is located in downtown Los Angeles, making it proximal for filming at other iconic locations such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is just a few blocks away. It has also been a popular set for movies, with
all the way to Seattle. True to its name, it is nestled along the coast for most of its length. Its beauty makes it a huge attraction for tourists, and there are countless travel blogs that recommend a trip along the PCH, as locals tend to call it.
As such, it is also a popular filming location for car commercials. Most of the commercials are filmed just north of Los Angeles. This portion of the highway boasts winding roads with dramatic cliffs on the east and a shoreline on the west, which looks out onto some gorgeous sunsets that often make their way into commercials.
A car commercial's set location is often a reflection of the car itself. With its seemingly-endless green rolling hills and stunningly attractive vineyards, Sonoma wine country is the perfect backdrop for
The suburban areas of Sonoma are also idyllic for car commercials. The neighborhoods tend to be well-kept and present a visually pleasing aesthetic. However, some creators of car commercials do tend to steer clear of the more affluent neighborhoods of Sonoma, as this could ostensibly weaken their connection to wider audiences.
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Genevieve holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, but her first and forever loves are writing and editing. She is passionate about creating transportive experiences for readers and feels most at-home in the literary world. When she's not writing about finance or car insurance, you can probably find Genevieve watching a good film, looking for sushi, or putting on her chef's hat in the kitchen.