Through the choice of a particular location the director will often wish to express more than is apparent at first glance. The church, the bridge, the square or the street are not selected at random – they all serve a particular purpose:
1. Each location has a visual meaning. It could be the architecture or the particular location which the director feels will work well on film or which he finds interesting and make him decide to film in this particular place.
2. The image of a building or scenery shows immediately where we are. For example, if you see the Eiffel Tower you know straight away that this scene is set in Paris.
3. A location has to suit the genre of film: A horror film often features a deserted, haunted house, a romantic film perhaps an attractive country house, a castle or a church.
4. Many buildings also say a lot about the (political) history of the country or city in which the film is set. The historical importance of a location can put the events into a wider perspective.
5. A location also has a direct connection to the lead character. Where does he/she live, which circles do they move in, what do they do in their free time etc.?