12/5/11—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced today the release of SF Film Spots, an interactive mobile application that highlights movie locations in San Francisco.
“San Francisco is leading the way once again by using open data and technology to creatively bring information and resources to our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Lee. “The SF Film Spots mobile app not only shows that San Francisco is a premier destination for filmmaking and production, but it will also be a great resource to experience the San Francisco we see on film and television.”
“We’re very excited that a member of the public chose to use the data we submitted to DataSF to create this fun app that can be used by networks, studios, locals and tourists alike,” said San Francisco Film Commission Executive Director Susannah Greason Robbins. “SF Film Spots showcases the wealth of films made in our beautiful city in an accessible format.”
SF Film Spots exposes the rich film history of San Francisco with an interactive map that allows users to check out the more than 230 films have been shot in more than 840 locations around the City. Users can view the film’s key information, including actors, directors, ratings, genres and year released, along with the geographic film “spots” and “spot facts” for those locations. A GPS mapping features allow users to view the film spots for a single film or all of the SF film locations on a map and enables users to track their own location to find spots of interest. The SF Film Spots mobile application is available for download on iTunes for $2.99.
San Francisco has a long history of films that were shot here including the classics such as 1968’s Bullitt, 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers and 1974’s The Conversation starring Gene Hackman. The short list of locations for these films include the Marina, Russian Hill, the Mission, Pacific Heights, Potrero, City Hall, Department of Public Health, Chinatown, Union Square, Alamo Square and Financial District. More recent noteworthy films include Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith which used Candlestick Park and Glide Memorial as a backdrop; Rent, the 2005 musical, San Francisco stood in for New York City; and Milk starring Sean Penn filmed all over San Francisco and earned Penn an Academy Award for his role as Supervisor Harvey Milk.
“SF Film Spots started in the early spring of 2011 when I was surfing DataSF.org looking for opportunities to build smart-phone applications,” said SF Film Spots Developer Dennis Harvey. “The data set for film locations in San Francisco popped out from the other datasets that addressed City budgets, parking and crime. The rich film history of San Francisco made the project even more attractive.”
Last updated: 12/5/2011 10:53:39 AM