Warner Brothers Studio Tour

If you’re in Burbank with a free day, I highly commend the WB Studio tour to you.  See if you  can get Daniel as your tour guide — excellent job!  It did help that we took the combo golf cart/walking tour with our Fair Lawn friends, the Topiols and Barths.

IMG_9108

The Warner Brothers were from a Jewish immigrant family that came to the U.S. near the turn of the 20th century and changed its name, a story that is told both online and in a book based on interviews with Harry Warner’s granddaughter.

IMG_9231

A key feature of the tour is the generic use of sets on the lot that the Warner Brothers built.  One is the ubiquitous center of town.

IMG_9106

There is the generic house, that was used famously to film many of the sciences in Friends.

IMG_9107

Here is the generic set built whenever a Chicago scene is needed with the fake steel girders supporting above ground transit.

IMG_9104

Here is faux Central Park whenever a shot-in-New York look is desired.

IMG_9153

Pseudo Brownstones …

FullSizeRender-141

There is never a need to build two floors on a set, because that would impede flexibility and interchangeability of space utilization.  All the storefronts have faux parts — this is like the Swarovski of construction elements. Everything is at it seems, but nothing more.

IMG_9109

And Hollywood is the master of illusion in creating space, part of a technique known as forced perspective illustrated here by making your eyes believe they can walk around a corner (that isn’t really there)!

IMG_9112

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s