‘The Blind Side’ is a 2006 drama film based on Michael Lewis’ book entitled ‘The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.’ It’s about a homeless boy named Michael Oher and how he rose to the top. all his hardships and painful experiences to become a respected football player with the National Football League (NFL). In times of doubt and lack of motivation, he is encouraged and pushed into his real power by his adoptive parents – Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy.
Starring Hollywood superstars such as Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, and Lily Collins, the film does a great job of showing how patience and resilience, as well as a little motivation, can take people to a place they never thought they could reach. In addition, the various backgrounds that depict different aspects of Michael’s life make viewers curious about the places where The Blind Side film was shot.
The Blind Side Movie Filming Locations
‘The Blind Side’ was filmed in the state of Georgia, mainly in Atlanta and Decatur, twice as many in Memphis, Tennessee, in the movie.
According to sources, the main recording of the drama of human history began on April 13, 2009, and ended on June 7, 2009.
‘The Blind Side’ was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, for the most part, with various locations used for both external and internal film sequences. Apart from the line of high-rise buildings, the capital of Georgia is also known as the “Tree City” or “forest town” for a reason.
The visuals in the movie shows both of these features very well. With modern construction combined with tree stocks throughout Atlanta, it provides a flexible background for film and television production. Over the years, several films have been phased out of the city, such as ‘Red Notification’ and ‘Baby Driver.’
The school scenes featured on ‘The Blind Side’ were lensed at Atlanta International School, located at 2890 North Fulton Drive in the Buckhead district. At the same time, a series of high-profile shootings were fired at The Westminster Schools, an independent school located at 1424 West Paces Ferry Road in the North West. Using a real two-school campus added extra authenticity to the film narrative.
To showcase the Tuohy family home, a production team has created indoor and outdoor scenes in two separate locations in the Buckhead area. In the inner courtyards, a house on 3394 Knollwood Drive Northwest was used as it looked like a real house for the Tuohy family. For outdoor photography, the team made a few shots in a nearby house at 3617 Tuxedo Court Northwest.
In an interview in March 2010, one of the film’s biggest producers, Timothy M. Bourne, explained that Atlanta was a good recording choice as many Southern cities shared several similarities. Therefore, they found that it was not very different in Memphis in terms of geography and context. In addition, Atlanta has the infrastructure and skilled staff to support recording projects.
In a similar interview, production designer Michael Corenblith shared how the real Leigh Anne Tuohy really helped with the production process. In fact, he worked closely with set decorator Susan Benjamin who had the opportunity to visit Leigh Anne’s home and spend time with their family.
This helped Benjamin to keep the style of the set similar to the Tuohy family house. In addition, the producers’ team was also seen recording a few scenes from actress Sandra Bullock in The Shed in Glenwood. Once located at 475 Bill Kennedy Way in Southeast Atlanta, the restaurant is permanently closed.
Agnes Scott College in the city of Decatur doubles as the University of Mississippi in the film. Located at 141 East College Avenue, the campus is marked by a chronological representation of Michael’s college years. These scenes include real students of the women’s liberal arts college. Decatur has served as a recording studio for many movies other than ‘The Blind Side,’ such as ‘Zombieland: Tap Double’ and ‘Scream 2.’