I’ve Gone Hollywood (Part 2 of 3) March 28, 2012

If you read my previous post, you’ll know that this is a continuation of my recent trip to Hollywood with my friend Becky.  Thus far in the trip our celebrity sightings had been limited to a guy from Lost, but we knew the next few days would satisfy our cravings for some real live Hollywood stuff.

Day Four:  As part of our vacation package, we received a V.I.P. Tour of Universal Studios and Theme Park.  This was a big deal because not only did it mean we’d get preferred seating and front-of-the-line privileges in the park, but we’d be part of a limited number of guests who saw the inner workings of the studio itself.

Here are some of the interesting things I learned that day:

  • The town square set from Back to the Future is fully intact and is still used by other shows and movies.
  • Entire houses are constructed inside sound stages, and many inside walls and half walls are moveable to allow for cameras and crew members.
  • Most Mexican food and restaurant commercials are filmed on one set over and over again.
  • The ravaged street from War of the Worlds is still intact.  Maybe because they don’t know what to do with a wrecked 747.
  • Set design guys can make realistic “brick” walls that are really made out of a rubbery material; they can also make a carpet that looks like a dirt road.
  • Nine-year-old boys nowadays do not know how to dial a rotary phone.  (I learned this during a visit to the prop room.)
  • The costume department prefers to work on ancient Juki brand sewing machines.
  • There’s a reason why the ladies on Desperate Housewives look so spectacular in their jeans:  everything is tailored to fit perfectly.  As if being a size 00 wasn’t enough!
  • Even if a roller coaster takes place in the dark, I will still squeeze my eyes shut.
  • I should not ride roller coasters that go backwards.
  • Universal is able to recoup some of its losses from Water World by using the still-intact set as an audience attraction/show.  What’s next?  Ishtar, The Desert Experience



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