Many filmmakers flock to Maryland because its wonders are acclaimed worldwide!
Cabot is credited with being the first European to explore Maryland and the region of North America. In the year 1498, King Charles I was granted access to the area. A few years later, settlements began to appear in the north and south. It was not until 1632, however, that the place was made accessible. The first settlers arrived a few years later, and the economy was based on tobacco.
Maryland was the 13th state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, which formed the backbone of the United States. The Constitution provided a more robust framework for government, so it became the seventh state to ratify it in 1788.
When the economy began to change in Maryland, many plantation owners began to free their slaves. In 1860, it was still a slave state, but over 50% of its population was free. As a result, Baltimore was the largest city in the region, and it had the highest percentage of people of color in the country.
Because of all of those factors, Maryland has become a popular destination for filmmakers. Maryland has been featured in the following films:
The Social Network (2010)
In The Social Network, as Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg develops the social networking site that would become Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claim he stole their idea and the co-founder who was later fired from the company. During a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and begins to work feverishly on a new idea. As a result of his blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has become history's youngest billionaire after six years and 500 million followers. However, success leads to both personal and legal complications for this entrepreneur.
- Johns Hopkins University - 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Maryland, USA
National Treasure (2007)
In National Treasure, Ben Gates must follow a clue in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Many years have passed since Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) discovered the Knights Templar and became rich and famous. Now another treasure hunter named Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) has found a key page of Booth's diary containing information about a lost city of gold. When Ben must race against Mitch to find the lost city, he visits France and Great Britain in search of other clues and peeks into the President's secret book to piece the puzzle together. Ben's parents and friends also help him find the lost city and stay ahead of Mitch.
- The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
- Maryland, USA
Ladder 49 (2004)
Ladder 49 features a firefighter who is injured and trapped in a burning building; he has flashbacks of his life. Meanwhile, fellow firefighters led by the Chief try to rescue him.
Under Captain Mike Kennedy's watchful eye, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison becomes a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Despite the sacrifices he has made and the significant impact they've had on his family, Jack has reached a crossroads, as he's put himself in danger innumerable times. Finally, as a result of the worst fire of his career, he is trapped inside a 20-story building. As he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy coordinates the effort to save him.
- Curtis Bay, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Bonus: More movies set in Maryland:
- mazing Grace (1974 film)
- Annapolis (2006 film)
- Vice (2018 film)
- Virus (1980 film)
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