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Fairmont State University GIS & Geography Awareness

A Student-Led Project of the GIS Lab and Geographic Information Science (GISC) Minor housed in the College of Liberal Arts

GeoMovie Night

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Watch a special virtual double feature of "GIS in the Movies and TV" Part I and II 

November TBA - Save the Date

Presenter: Gene Del Greco, GISP and West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals (WVAGP)

Moderator:  Josh Revels, The Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility Education Resource Center (ERC)

Short GIS After Talk: Barbara MacLennan, Fairmont State University, WVAGP and Frank LaFone, WVAGP, WVGISTC, co-host VerySpatial

History of GIS in Movies and TV Part I: A look at the history of GIS in Film and Television

Where was the first place you saw GIS or GPS? Was it in high school or college, or maybe in a newscast? Think harder. Chances are that you might have caught your first glimpse of these technologies in movies and on television, perhaps even before they were invented. Since the early 20th century movies and television have been portraying GIS and geospatial systems. From map tracking devices in James Bond to police station maps plotting criminal activity to sci-fi futurescapes where every piece of information is spatially modeled (and available by talking to a voice-enabled computer). This presentation will provide a historical look at how GIS technologies have been presented in the past in both film and television.

GIS in the Movies Reflection

Some reflective questions after watching a movie or TV show:

  • After watching a movie or TV show, how would you describe its geospatial place in the world?  What does it mean to you? 
  • How can the use of GIS or geospatial technologies in a movie or TV show provide visual cues to date a film? 
  • Does the depiction of GIS in the movie match how GIS is used in the real world?
  • Do films show a realistic view of the future? The past? Today? 

Pop Culture Maps

"You can map your life through your favorite movies, and no two people's maps will be the same." Mary Schmich

Pop Culture Maps

The Goonies: One-Eye'd Willy's Treasure Map (Instructables)

How to Make an 80s Movie Map? (ESRI)

CineMaps (Andrew DeGraff)

Drones in Hollywood: How Drones Changed the Film & Movie Industry


Your favorite pop culture map 

Did you know that the Goonies Treasure Map is the favorite of Fairmont State University geography students? 

Our Favorite Maps, Fairmont State University Geography Students (2021)