The Filming locations for The Revenant capture the splendor of an epic landscape, and also the tough conditions of survival – and filming – in such a frigid environment. The 11 months of shooting was notoriously complicated. The Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Amores Perros) was very clear from the beginning: it would not be a green-screen production; 93% of the movie takes place in exterior locations.
All actors are happy having a hot tea and relaxing in a studio between shoots. This would not be the case here: the filmmakers were looking for remote locations to give the feel of wilderness in snowy virgin conditions. Lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio declared that he had to do 30 or 40 of the hardest sequences of his career.
The weather was a major issue for this project. At first, The Revenant was only to be filmed in an extensive area near Calgary in Alberta, Canada, plus a scene shot in the neighboring state of Montana in the USA. But due to the lack of snow, the production had to move to southern tip of South America in Argentina.
A fort was set near Spray Lakes Road, with Castle Rock in the background.
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The last scenes of the Revenant were shot on the southern tip of South America. The small Olivia river near Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) was the unplanned final set to end such an arduous and challenging production. Film director A.G. Iñárritu stated that he will never again make another movie like this, because “I am a crazy man, but not stupid”.