Inside Look: J9’s Visit to the Safe Haven Movie Set

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J9 here! Thanks to Relativity Media, I was sent on assignment for The Book Vixen to the Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven movie set last August. In my original recap post there were details I couldn’t share due to their sensitive nature but now that the movie is being released in just a few weeks (this Valentine’s Day!), I can spill the beans!

First up was a visit to a wet and soggy filming of a Fourth of July parade.

J9’s Trip to the Safe Haven Movie Set J9’s Trip to the Safe Haven Movie Set

 

One of the closely guarded secrets are pictures of the set. Foremost is Alex and the children’s home, exterior and interior. This is a lived in home that the movie production company rented and moved the owners out of in order to set it up as the hero’s home. All of the home owner’s possession where stored off sight so everything you see here will be in the Safe Haven movie!

J9’s Trip to the Safe Haven Movie Set

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One of my treats was hearing Mr. Sparks share how critical this house was to his hero’s development. Sparks said the hero raised his children and loved and lost in this home so he wanted a home that reflected this bittersweet aspect of life.

J9’s Trip to the Safe Haven Movie Set

Nicholas Sparks has a love affair with these remarkable trees in North Carolina.

J9’s Trip to the Safe Haven Movie Set

One of my other favorite secrets is Ivan’s, the restaurant that heroine Katie works at. Look at this amazing view behind Mr. Sparks as he shared the importance of getting Ivan’s homespun, low-country charm right. The movie production company was still doing construction on this building which you can see in the second picture.

J9’s Trip to the Safe Haven Movie Set

J9’s Trip to the Safe Haven Movie Set

 

In a couple of weeks, we will have some more fun stuff from the Safe Haven movie set trip to share with you. In the meantime, check out the movie trailer for Safe Haven (in theaters February 14):

 

For more information on Safe Haven the movie:

Like Safe Haven on Facebook
Follow @SafeHavenMovie on Twitter
#SafeHaven
Watch the trailer & clips on YouTube
Find Safe Haven on Instagram & Pinterest too!


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One lucky winner will receive $25USD Fandango Bucks and a movie tie-in paperback edition of Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. Good luck to all who enter!

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28 comments:

  1. I love all of the pictures from the set! I haven't read Safe Haven yet (or any of Sparks' books), but this one had tempted me already. I'm hoping it doesn't have an ending that'll make me start crying my eyes out, but I hear he's a little famous for those. :)

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  2. I have read several of Nicholas Sparks books but my favorite will always be The Notebook! I love reading his books!

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  3. I love all of his books and the movies made from his stories! He is amazing!

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I love Nicholas Sparks and this is the pefect February giveaway:)
    Cheers
    Andrea

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  5. Nicholas Sparks books are the best and I always need a box of Kleenex while reading them. Thanks for this giveaway...it rocks!!

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  6. Great pictures---I enjoyed them and the post. What an awesome opportunity and honor for J9 and TBV! With you being such a big fan it is the ultimate in flattering offers to visit the set!!

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  7. I loved the pictures.. and also exited about the movie... after all of his books my favorit is '' the luck one''

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  8. I haven't read the book yet but I'm planning to. My favorite book is The Notebook!

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  9. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I don't know why I haven't read Nicholas Sparks yet...definitely gotta fix that :)

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  10. I have not yet read Safe Harbor but I've read a few other Nicholas Sparks books. I think my favorite so far has been A Walk to Remember. I think it was because I read it in high school and the characters are also young adults.

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  11. I would really have to say Safe Haven. I love the ending and the sweetness of the story. The Notebook is a close second. Can not wait for the movie!

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  12. I haven't read any of Nicholas Sparks books yet. I heard great reviews about them and even have one of his movie (I haven't watch it yet). I have been beyond on his books and movies. I will catch up eventually.

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  13. I haven't read Safe Haven but I would love to. I loved a Walk to Remember. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  14. I haven't read any of his books but I've enjoyed other movies made from his books.

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  15. No I have not read any of his books yet ,but I hope too.

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  16. Yes, I read Safe Haven when it was first published, loved it! I have read almost all of Nicholas Spark's books, he's one of my favorite authors. He just GETS it... he knows how to take a love story and make you cry, laugh and give yourself over to the book! I have to say The Wedding is still a book that I pull out to read often, it's special to me. But I love them all.

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  17. I love The Notebook of course!

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  18. I haven't read any of his books, but my book club has recommended them and I have them on my TBR list.

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  19. I read Safe Haven and I loved it!! Ive read all of Sparks books, I think my favorite is Nights in Rodanthe or A Bend in the Road.

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  20. I have not read Safe Haven yet. I love to read Nicholas Sparks, i still think my favorite was the notebook. thanks

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  21. Dear John is my favorite.

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  22. Great picture from the set...can't wait to see the movie

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  23. I love your post from the set - I tagged it in my blog - hope you dont mind! :)

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