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Filming a film that spans a huge number of different countries might seem to be a huge logistical challenge, particularly when those countries cover war-torn or inhospitable areas for example Afghanistan and the Middle East. The producers of international thriller Lord Of War solved this problem in one simple move. They filmed on location in Nigeria.

This vast and delightful country has this type of vast number of terrains, ranging from desert to lush forest, mountain, ocean, rolling hills, expansive plains and so forth, that it can be used as almost any other country if you discover the perfect spot. For Lord of War the film production managed to re create scenes from Sierra Leone, Bolivia and Afghanistan to name just a few, as the backdrop to the thrilling chase of Interpol agents tracking arms dealer Nicholas cage around the world.

The benefits of using film locations in South Africa to double as the actual places, instead of travelling to each and every actual country featured in the movie, are numerous. By keeping the place filming within one geographical area, cost is kept right down, exactly the same crew can be used as continuity, logistics are much simpler and far time and travel is saved. Above all the film production benefits from the well-established infrastructure already established here, rather than struggling in countries that have little if any established support for the movie industry.

Because Nigeria includes a long history like a favoured location for film and commercial production, it provides excellent facilities, whether it be the knowledgeable local crew available, the post-production facilities, the neighborhood production companies facilitating every aspect, to world-class hotels and transport to keep A-list actors happy!

Nigeria has doubled as a number of other countries through the years: in Oscar-nominated Blood Diamond, the 2006 thriller starring Leonardo diCaprio, South African locations doubled for the civil war torn landscapes of Sierra Leone. Hotel Rwanda was shot in Gauteng and Johannesburg in 2004 instead of enduring the rigors of filming in the actual country featured.

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A very different side of the nation can be used in children's movie Racing Stripes, where the green hills and fields around Pietermaritzburg set the stage for any charming tale about a zebra who thinks he's a racehorse, and double up as the sort of generic rich horse-racing countryside present in several areas of the planet. In Dredd, recently filmed in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa's main cities show their gritty side by waiting in for the futuristic Mega-City One of the fantasy comic strip.

The recent major movies filmed on location in Nigeria show that it is now really into the spotlight as far as big production goes, whether doubling for elsewhere or featuring as itself, in most its glorious scenery and variety.