Hey guys -- I had kind of a weird movie experience tonight!
I don't actually see many movies, but my daughter got me the DVD "Super 8" (JJ Abrams) and we watched it tonight. They don't say a lot about where the town "Lillian" is in the movie, but there's a brief shot of the cops looking at a map (about 49:20 in the dvd) that shows where all the local dogs have been found after having run away. The map they show is a real map of the rural area where I live, with a fictional "Lillian" added in, and another local town removed. (Sorry, New Lebanon, Ohio! You've been erased.)
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Anyway, it was just a really strange, unexpected thing to see in a movie, especially since the area where I live is rural, small town Ohio. I live just "a few pixels" south-west of the tiny little town "West Alexandria" (about 1400 people) shown near the center of the map. All the other towns shown -- Dayton, Eaton, Oxford, Brookville, etc. -- are also real towns and are accurately shown on the map.
It makes me curious how they chose this map. Did they throw a dart at a map of the US? Was somebody on the crew (props, set design, etc.) from this area or went to school around here? Really strange and unexpected. Although I guess in the premise of the film -- the Air Force shipping secret stuff from Area 51 to Ohio -- it's plausible to use this specific area because Dayton is home to a very substantial Air Force base (Wright-Patterson) -- which was even rumored in the 1970's to be storing the bodies of space aliens.
Otherwise, though, the scenes in the movie don't really look like anything around here. I see it was shot in West Virginia. This area (Preble County) is generally very flat.