August 10th, 2012
03:03 PM ET
[Editor’s Note: Kyle Howard is an American film and television actor who currently guest-stars as Dr. Paul Van Dyke on USA's “Royal Pains.”]
A great film can transport us to other worlds, move us and make us laugh, but I think one supporting player in that process occasionally gets overlooked, and that's nature.
Think about it: What would “Jaws” be without the suspense of what the water might conceal, or “Cast Away” without the isolation imposed by the vast ocean? There’s a reason a filmmaker won’t rest until he or she has scouted the exact, perfect location to set a scene.
Growing up in Colorado, I actually developed the love I have for the ocean by watching movies. I spent a lot of time outdoors, especially in the summer months, but the ocean was one thing that wasn’t exactly at my doorstep.
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