On Location in Missouri

Did you know more than 100 feature films have been made in Missouri? It’s true, and you can see a timeline of the movies made in Missouri at http://www.missouribusiness.net/film/credits.asp.

Additionally, hundreds of TV show segments have put the spotlight on cities and towns in Missouri. Those shows include TLC’s Trading Spaces , What Not to Wear and Toddlers and Tiaras; NBC’s America’s Got Talent; Fox’s American Idol; The Food Network’s Road Tasted; CBS shows such as As the World Turns and Undercover Boss;  ABC’s Nightline; and the CW reality series, Farmer Wants a Wife.

I have been with the Missouri Film Commission for more than five years, and in that time, I have been on location on films and TV shows all over Missouri. Here are a couple of the first films I worked with. Have you been to these locations?

The Weinstein Company spent a week in Cape Girardeau in January 2006 with the film Killshot. The film captured beautiful images of the historic and picturesque city in Southeast Missouri.

Crews work on a scene of the film Killshot in Cape Girardeau, near the Common Pleas Courthouse.

Scenes in the film were filmed at the Missouri Dry Docks, the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, historic Common Pleas Courthouse, middle of  Main Street, and a small café called Brenda’s Place. Actors Diane Lane and Thomas Jane star in the film and enjoyed their time in Cape. Jane told the Southeast Missourian that the city is, “just one of those classic-style towns. It’s a charming place, and I’ve felt right at home here.”  If you have not been to Cape Girardeau, rent the movie and then go visit the locations!

In the spring of 2006, the movie Meet Bill filmed all over St. Louis. They spent several days in St. Albans, located west of St. Louis and north of Route 100 near the Missouri River. The Country Club of St. Albans provided beautiful vistas for the film.

Meet Bill stars Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba.

Jessica Alba was one of the stars I drove around the country club in a golf cart. The grounds house two championship golf courses. Also featured in the film is Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company at it’s original location on DeMun Street in Clayton. Today there are eight  Kaldi’s around Missouri, including Columbia and Springfield. You can rent Meet Bill, which also stars Aaron Eckhart, and then head out for some Kaldi’s coffe and golf in St. Albans.

Still Waters was shot primarily in Owensville in the fall of 2006. The movie needed an isolated location for their thriller but also wanted to show a  beautiful nature setting. They found the perfect spot in Owensville, located south of Herrmann off Highway 19.

The main location they used was the main house and lake at the private resort Lost Valley Lodge.  The lodge is open year-round with a variety of accommodations including- teepees, tents, condos, villas, and RV sites. Still Waters is available on DVD, take it with you when you visit Owensville.

This is just a small sampling of the sites where movies and TV shows have been filmed around Missouri. Learn more about Missouri in the movies at Missouri Film Commission’s website.

Written by Andrea Sporcic, assistant director of the Missouri Film Commission.

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