Directed by New Zealand filmmaker Vincent Ward and based on the anonymous novel by Richard Matheson, ‘What Dreams May Come’ is a fascinating and almost cure-all theme of death and loss. Encouraged by the extraordinary performance of Robin Williams, the story follows a man on his journey to the afterlife. After his death, Charlie walks up the stairs to Heaven but his wife commits suicide and finds herself in hell.
Charlie decides to embark on a journey from heaven to hell to watch his wife in this remake of ‘Divine Comedy.’ Ambient, the atmosphere, and full of beautiful mirrors, is a film journey worth taking. If you would like to visit the recording studios again, let us guide you on our journey. “What Dreams May Come.”
‘What Dreams May Come’ was heavily recorded in the US, across California, Montana, and New York, on short tours to Venezuela. Recording began on June 23, 1997, and ended on October 7 of that same year. Let us give you a detailed tour of some of the places visited by the production unit. “What Dreams May Come.”
“What Dreams May Come.” Some important sequences were recorded in and around Alameda County of California. The production team visited several places near the region, including Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont. “What Dreams May Come.”
VFX photos were made by Manex Studios, on the old hangings of Alameda Naval Air Station. It used to be an airline used by the US Navy, an area that had not been operational since 1997. The studio later acquired the airwaves and transformed the space for filming purposes.
Charlie’s funeral service was recorded at a church in Oakland in the same county. 1st Baptist Church on Telegraph Avenue in the city of Oakland served as the congregation featured in the film. Some of the scenes were filmed at Piedmont Funeral Services and Mountain View Cemetery, a cemetery located at 5000 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
We can see Lake Merritt at the scene near the end. A beautiful water port in the heart of Oakland city center. Staff also visited the small town of Piedmont to take a few photos. A dream sequence was recorded on Lincoln Avenue in the city. The art department decorated trees on both sides of the road for the purpose of blossoming purple.
A large part of the film was shot in and around the California coastal city of San Francisco. A few great sequences were recorded on Treasure Island, a coastal island in San Francisco Bay. Named after Robert Louis Stevenson’s book, the historical site is famous for being a World’s Fair site. Some of the events of hell were filmed on the island’s abandoned planes.
The car accident scene in which Charlie died is being photographed at the Robert C. Levy Tunnel in downtown San Francisco.
During their extensive recording time, staff visited several other locations in the province. Other scenes were filmed behind the Filol Historic House and Garden, a country house, and a nearby estate located at 86 Cañada Rd in Woodside about 25 miles south of San Francisco in the eastern part of the Santa Cruz mountain range.
The sequence of the “hell ship” was recorded in the USS Oriskany, an aircraft carrier that landed on the island of Mare Island in the city of Vallejo. Once a war chariot, the ship is now submerged and converted into a self-propelled bargain. In addition, some scenes were filmed in downtown San Jose in Santa Clara County.
“What Dreams May Come.” A good sequence was recorded in Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most famous waterfalls. Located in the northern state of the state of New York and just across Canada, a collection of waterfalls was previously shown in the comic strip ‘Bruce Almighty.’
Clearly, US territories were inadequate. Simulating the game and booking an Oscar, the staff took a trip to Venezuela to see a glimpse of the world’s longest natural waterfall. Known as Angel Falls, the world’s most important site is located in the center of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Canaima National Park in the Bolívar region of Venezuela.
“What Dreams May Come.” The team of producers is carved in the area amidst the beautiful natural beauty of Glacier National Park, a protected area in the desert in the Rocky Mountains. Additional scenes were recorded at the Blackfeet Nation border. The designated area is known as the home of the Siksikitsitsapi people.