You can’t go to Hollywood and not take a studio tour. While they’re not cheap, they’re definitely worth it, especially if you love movies (or TV shows) as much as me. I’m afraid I didn’t take notes at the Warner Brother’s studio tour, so let’s play a little game. See if you can spot the following TV/film locations in the slideshow (and no, I didn’t put it in order):
- Where the famous Spiderman kiss took place.
- The coffee house from Friends, and Central Park.
- Where the guy bought the Gremlin in the movie (what else?) Gremlins.
- Where many scenes from Annie was filmed.
- Where $#*! My Dad Says is filmed.
- Where ER was filmed (including some outside Chicago spots.
- Where some of the scenes in Rent took place.
- Where Ellen’s TV show is filmed.
- Where the Goonies pirate ship scene was filmed (this is a trick- it was actually inside one of the stages on the lot, I just really wanted to mention it ’cause Nick and I both love the movie).
- These are easy – spot: the Batmobile, the General Lee, the Gran Torino car
Some are obviously easier than others, since they say the words in the pictures, while for others you have to be a real movie buff! At least you get the feel for how much they can do on one studio lot. It goes on forever and they can make it into what ever they want it to be for way cheaper than going to the real locations, and with much more control over the environment. Every big studio has its own department for everything from props and costumes to special effects and even a fire department!
We did get to go on a working set – where Two and a Half Men is filmed – but we weren’t allowed to take any pictures in there. Its’ amazing how they do it all in front of a live audience. I think what amazed me most was how many things were started by Desi Arnaz (of Desi and Lucy) and are still working for studios today, from filming in front of a live audience, to the room setup. If you ever come to LA, check online ahead of time at www.tvtickets.com and you may be able to get free tickets to see a show being filmed. It’s definitely on my list for next time, when I’ll plan more ahead…