Warner Brothers Studio Tour

The Warner Brothers lot was a lot bigger than I expected it to be but, at the same time, I could not fathom how 35 sound stages could house so many different films.  Outside of each stage was a plaque telling chronologically what films were filmed in that particular sound stage.IMG_0293

We were lucky enough to get to walk around the Ellen stage and peek into the Big Bang Theory stage and see how Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment looked in real life (much smaller in person and I’m sure the rent is outrageous).  Above the stages were thousands and thousands of lights almost like all the satellites in Wall-E atmosphere but every little piece was necessary in order to replicate just normal “apartment” lighting.

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All of those lights shining down on the cast in order to make the apartment look like it has your everyday average overhead lamps.

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The final product.

This tour was definitely different in terms of it was a little more than just an attraction, there were times when we could get off and get the opportunity to walk through facades and see the working sets.  We got to walk through the set used for the upcoming new episodes of The Gilmore Girls and learned that while the set looked sturdy and real actually contained some film magic.  For example the windows looked antique because they had an intricate design but the design was actually just duct tape that had been applied in a way to make it look like metal between the panes.

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That criss-cross design looks ingrained into the window but in reality could just be taped on.

The coolest parts of the tour were all the props we were able to see and even interact with.

In the prop warehouse we got to see TONS and TONS of objects ranging from telephones to giraffe legs that could be checked out by productions to be used during filming.  The warehouse was organized chaos and each item had a tag displaying the price of the item and whether or not it was already reserved.

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We were also able to get a close look at the costumes and items used in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and Harry Potter.  

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The Harry Potter props were great because they not only included costumes but miniature models of the fantastic creatures.  I’m sure there will be more of these made with the coming of the new movie.

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Wizard frisbee??

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Luna Lovegood costume

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Mountain Troll operating system

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Bellatrix Lestrange costume

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The Warner Brothers tour was very well organized and besides the fact that we were all starving by the end, didn’t feel too long.  I wish that it had been a little longer so we could have had more time in the prop warehouse and to all be sorted by the sorting hat (although I already know I’m a Gryffindor #pottermore).

We hopped off of the tram and went into the studio for tourists: the self-guided tour.  This is where they had the really interactive elements of the tour.  There were tons of photo ops like sitting on the Friends couch and riding Batman’s batcycle (complete with cape).  I was really thankful that when my friends agreed to take a picture with me on the Central Perk couch.

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The sizes of the props make it look like the subjects are two different sizes when really they are not.

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After the tour we went to my new favorite mexican restaurant, Los Amigos.  It was really great to end the day at Los Amigos with mis amigos *insert taco emoji here*

And this is my all time favorite photo from the day, because it just sums up how much fun we had lol

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