the start of
the film, Leo washes up on a rocky
and is brought into a Japanese palace.
That Japanese Palace was a set built on the beach at Abalone
Cove Shoreline Park,
at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South,
in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
between of the old Marineland site (and Point Vicente
Trump National Golf Course, at the foot of the rolling hills between
Beach and San Pedro
(The rocky beach itself was probably Leo Carillo, where they filmed the later beach scenes.)
Here's a Google
StreetView of Abalone Cove.)
and his crew are plotting out their
Inception scheme, they visit a street
discuss the steps/levels to the con, with one guy listing the ideas
hope to plant in the victim's mind:
"I will not follow in my father's footsteps", "I
will create something for myself", and
"My father doesn't want me to be him."
the corner of Wilshire Blvd
and Hope Street, in downtown
The camera looking at the southeast corner. The striped building with
seen behind them, is at 727 Wilshire
(It's a convenience store.)
StreetView panorama of the same corner.)
Several scenes are shot inside the modern hotel lobby you see below, including where they plan
and initiate the subconscious sting against Fischer. Leo meets the mark in the lobby bar,
and convinces him that he's dreaming, but to trust him as his dream security.
Given that circular concierge desk, at first I assumed it was actually a hotel.
But this isn't a hotel at all. It's the lobby of the new CAA building (AKA "the Death Star"),
the headquarters of Hollywood's most powerful agency: Creative Artists Agency;
located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, in Century City (Los Angeles).
(They've filmed here a lot lately. It was the Daily Sentinel in "The Green Hornet".)
StreetView panorama of the building. Take a close look
and you can see the striped floor inside, and part of that circular desk.
[ Thanks to Tony Hoffarth for letting me know about this location. ]
a dream sequence,
Leo and Ellen Page emerge from an elevator
to find themselves on
a rocky beach,
where Leo sees his children
playing in the sand.
This scene was shot on Leo Carrillo State Beach,
at 32100 Pacific Coast Highway,
in Malibu, CA.
60 miles northwest of that original beach in Palos Verdes.)
StreetView panorama of nearby rocks at Leo Carillo.
crew waits for him in the rain,
a city street. (It's part of a
are on the 600 block of
Wilshire Blvd - between Grand &
in the crosswalk at the northeast
of Wilshire & Hope,
( right across the street from that "Famima !!"store
we saw before ), with
camera looking east down Wilshire (away from Hope, towards
for the screenshot above.
StreetView for the screenshot below.
is picked up by car (driven by Leo, and with Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Leo rear-ends a taxicab.
The taxi driver gets out to argue, but Leo pulls a gun
on him and tells him to walk away, then steals the taxi.
In the shot below (with the taxi), they driving
Wilshire, between Grand & Hope,
just a few yards east of the street corner where the man was waiting.
StreetView of the screencap below.
taxicab, Leo stops and picks up
victim, at a street corner.
One inside, they draw guns, and the taxi pickup turns into a kidnapping.
but we're back where we started, at the same intersection
of Wilshire Blvd & Hope St.,
in downtown L.A. That's the same intersection where they picked up the
waiting man in the rain,
and the same intersection where we saw that "Famima !!"
switching corners, but remain at that same intersection.
on the southeast corner, the waiting man
was on the northeast corner, and this
taxi kidnapping scene
was shot on the northwest corner
Wilshire & Hope, at 707
StreetView of the screencap above.
and picks up Ellen Page
in the rain, just before the train appears.
see behind her is a mini-mart at the southeast
corner of S. Spring & W. 7th Street,
one of several storefronts on the bottom floor of the building at 704
S. Spring Street.
StreetView - of the screenshot above.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, a train appears
and roars down the middle of the street, smashing cars out of its way.
(Naturally, this is part of a dream sequence.)
shot on S. Spring Street,
in downtown Los Angeles. The train is heading north up Spring
as it first barrels through the intersection
and 7th Street.
wasn't CGI. They actually built a locomotive, put it
and drove it down 7th Street.)
above, the camera is looking southwest from the
of Spring & 7th.
Here's a matching Google
StreetView of the screenshot above.
the shot below,
those awnings are on the west side of Spring Street, just north of
Here's a matching Google
StreetView of the screenshot below.