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Get to the world wonders where The Revenant was filmed

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.

The Revenant Filming Locations
Most of The Revenant was filmed in Kananaskis Country, an area of parks and reserves in the Canadian Rockies situated west of Calgary. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

 

The Revenant Locations
The spectacular scenery of Alberta’s Bow Valley can become an extreme location in winter. Another added difficulty for this project was the will of the film director to shoot only in natural light. Days are short during the winter season, and travelling to the distant sets took so much time, that the team had only a couple of hours a day for filming. Image by Brendan Bell

 

The Revenant Film Locations
A fort was set near Spray Lakes Road, with Castle Rock in the background.
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

 

Where was Revenant filmed
Iñárritu commented that this is an incredible landscape, but the worst place for a producer to shoot a film. Image by Anne Elliott

 

The Revenant Shooting Locations
A battle scene was filmed nearby in the Indian Morley reserve, part of the Stoney Nation. Image by cszmurlo
The Revenant Mountains
A crane and horses were transported up to 8,000 feet to shoot a scene near Fortress Mountain Resort. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

 

Drehorte The Revenant
Some planes bombed the area in Fortress Mountain to provoke an avalanche. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

 

The Revenant screenshots
This screenshot and pictured below, the Badlands of Drumheller, located northeast of Calgary. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox
The Revenant Canada
Another location in Alberta is the Dead Man’s Flats near Canmore. Image by Mathew

 

The Revenant river attack scene
In British Columbia, the Squamish Valley was used to film the sequence of the bear attack. The area is near the river in Derringer Forest, according to this source. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox
The Revenant Forest
Scenes with the group of trappers walking, hunting and setting a fire camp were shot here, in a place called Shovehouse Creek, also in the Squamish Rainforest. Image by Mike
The Revenant church
The strange church in ruins was built for the occasion, as was the frontier fort, the Pawnee village and the mountain of buffalo skulls. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox
The Revenant Falls
Now we move to the Kootenai Falls near Libby in Montana, USA. The dramatic sequence filmed here took ten days to complete. This is the same location as the 1994 film The River Wild with Meryl Streep. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Der Rückkehrer Drehort
According to this local newspaper, the director of photography edited the background of the falls with footage of snowy hills filmed in Argentina. Image by Troy Smith

 

The Revenant Movie Locations
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”.

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