Blockbuster of James Cameron in 1997, Titanic, was filmed in several locations, including the actual wreck of the Titanic and a huge set that took over 100 days to build an entire team, which was located in Rosarito Beach.
Like the cast of characters outside the main protagonists, Cameron wanted the set of the film to be as precise as possible from a historical perspective. The film won 14 Oscar nominations and 11 victories, tied with those of William Wyler. Ben hur for the best Oscar winner of all time.
The filming locations include the wreck of the actual Titanic, which is used at the start of the film, and a fully functional studio at Rosarito Beach on the Mexican coast of Baja California. The ensemble is now known as Baja Film Studios.
The set was built in 100 days
The huge set for the film took 100 days to build and was then transformed into Baja Film Studios, one of the largest stages and filming tanks in the world. Other productions shot there include Tomorrow Never Dies, Deep Blue Sea, Pearl Harbor and Master and commander: the other side of the world.
The actual wreck of the Titanic is located on the floor of the North Atlantic about 370 miles southeast of the coast of Newfoundland. It took 12 hull dives. During the last two dives, the remote-controlled camera entered deeper into the ship’s hull than on any previous dive.
Cameron was the first to enter the wreckage, located approximately 13,000 feet below sea level. The opening sequence uses photos and videos of the dives but is filled with miniatures and a submerged assembly that duplicated the debris.
The film’s engine room is the engine room of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien
The engine room used in the film was the Triple Expansion Engine of SS Jeremiah O’Brien, who is currently located at Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
The SS Jeremiah O’Brien is one of two fully functional Liberty ships launched during World War II and has the distinction of being the last unchanged Liberty ship, remaining historically accurate.
The ship is a living museum on the National Register of Historic Places and is a national historic monument. O’Brien is generally open daily for dockside visits, but is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The end scenes were filmed at the Belmont Plaza Olympic pool
The scenes at the end of the film were filmed in the Belmont Plaza Olympic swimming pool, located in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles. The place opened in 1968 but was declared seismically dangerous in 2014 and has since been demolished.
Other aquatic scenes were filmed in the custom tank which is now located at Baja Film studios. The water in the tank was about 80 degrees, and cold, icy breathing was added later. There are rumors that Cameron refused to let anyone leave the pool during filming, although the director said it was not true.
“Anyone could go to the bathroom, but they were encouraged not to go to the tank, which I think was happening,” said Cameron, who was rumored.
According to People, Leonardo DiCaprio was a certified scuba diver during filming, which helped the scenes towards the end.
“When we made the underwater video at the end, Leo was a certified diver at the time and I was not,” said Kate Winslet. “He really took care of me. He was totally brilliant – he didn’t want to leave me. “
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