When we think of summer, we tend to reflect on those three months away from the classroom walls. Three magical months free of responsibility and full of fun. From the start of summer guests flock to the lot lot as productions go on vacation, or as we call it, hiatus. As a result, we get to travel throughout our 110 acres and show guests the details of this magnificent lot that so often go overlooked. In the later part of summer, we get our family back. Productions reenter the iconic WB gates and it’s like the first day of school all over again. Old friends and new ones, this year we are lucky enough to have quite a few new friends with the TV shows, Hart of Dixie, Work It, 2 Broke Girls, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Suburgatory and Are [...]READ MORE »
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One of the most important parts of film and television making is set design and no set would be complete without the perfect collection of props. Warner Bros. prop house was built in the 1940’s and has seen over 5 generations of workers pass through its halls. However, the creation of the prop house began in the late 1930’s when Jack Warner and his wife would travel through Europe and purchase antiques at closing sales, sending them back to the studio in Burbank. It is now one of the largest prop houses in the world, with over 180,000 pieces of furniture in addition to one of the largest chandelier collections worldwide.
Nick Giovacchini is a prop master at our prop house and has been with Warner Bros. for over 8 years. “Each day here is a completely new day. It is the [...]READ MORE »
We often describe the lot as a living, breathing entity; this statement really is the truth. It’s amazing to see how the lot transforms from day to day and even sometimes, from hour to hour. Throughout the day production crews work to build, break down, and remodel areas of the studio for their individual needs. Not only do the surroundings change, but so do the people. There are new and exciting productions filming every day. Sometimes there are opportunities to watch filming of movies or television shows, or a chance to bump into cast like Zachary Levi of “Chuck.”
One of the most memorable encounters with Mr. Levi was on the backlot after filming for Season 4 had wrapped. He was on the lot for post production but took the time to chat with my tour group, which included huge fans of “Chuck.” He spent [...]
Some people like movies. Some people love movies. And some people live for movies. I’m one of those who live for them. I live, work, and breathe Warner Bros. Studio- my personal gateway into a history that has entertained millions of people for over 85 years. This is the lot where James Cagney made “The Public Enemy,” James Dean rode his motorcycle (filmed “Rebel Without A Cause”) and Humphry Bogart portrayed iconic characters Sam Spade (“The Maltese Falcon”) and Rick Blaine (“Casablanca”). Events in film history that have changed history. Even current events that I am lucky enough to be a part of: like dancing with Conan O’Brien during his late night concert series, making small talk with Steve Carell as he walks the lot, and watching history be made as Clint Eastwood directs Leonardo DiCaprio in “J.Edgar.”
The four Warner Brothers have [...]READ MORE »
It is a huge thrill driving down New York Street, knowing that “Little Caesar,” starring the great Edward G. Robinson, was shot here! A true classic of the genre, many gangster movies have borrowed from it since. I always enjoy when my guests appreciate the history of the amazing Warner Bros. lot!READ MORE »
Seeing how the lot transforms throughout any given day is an impressive tour experience. Often on tour we pass sets being constructed and will see them look completely different between the start and end of tour. One day while “Torchwood” was shooting they repainted a backlot set, shot everything they needed, and painted it back to the original color on the same day. Tours always get to see how the lot is a living, changing place from day to day.READ MORE »
Getting to be on tour while a legend like Clint Eastwood is shooting is an unforgettable experience. There were six or seven different backlot sets built for “J.Edgar”, and he shot all of them in the same day. He would only do a few takes, then move on while his crew struck the previous set. Tours were ecstatic to watch him work, not to mention seeing the film’s stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts and Armie Hammer on set and in costume.
It was also amazing to see the backlot go back in time. Hennesy Street was turned into 1930′s Chicago and the lot was full of cars and props from the era. While on tour we would frequently run into swarms of background actors dressed in their period costumes and even had a few opportunities to watch filming!READ MORE »
Tickets will go on sale later this year and must be booked in advance via a dedicated website www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or through approved tour operators.
Featuring the authentic sets, costumes, animatronics, props and effects used in the production of all eight Harry Potter movies, the tour will showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that went into bringing this beloved film series to life.
Among a series of never-before-seen exhibits on the three hour long tour, visitors will be able to walk onto some of the most memorable sets from all of the films in the Harry Potter series including the iconic Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and [...]READ MORE »
Film and television fans will soon have even more access to one of the world’s busiest working studios, as the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour will be offering tours on Saturdays beginning March 26 until August 27.
“We are very excited to be expanding our operating hours to the weekend,” said Danny Kahn, Executive Director of the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour Department. “Over the past several years, the tour has become a very popular attraction in Southern California, and our weekend hours will allow us to broaden availability to accommodate our guests’ schedules.”READ MORE »
HOLLYWOOD — Tourists looking for a different view of Tinseltown will soon get a look at more of Hollywood’s underbelly, thanks to a partnership announced today between Starline Tours and the entertainment-news website TMZ.com.
“The TMZ Hollywood Tour — Secrets and Celebrity Hot Spots” will offer more than the run-of-the-mill driveby of stars’ homes. The adventure on a custom-designed Starline bus will swing by such infamous spots as the department store where Winona Ryder was caught shoplifting and the Laugh Factory, where “Seinfeld” star Michael Richards went on his famed racist rant.
During the tour, members of the TMZ staff will appear in video clips providing an inside look at selected Hollywood hot spots, according to TMZ and Starline. Guests will also be shown “shocking and never-before-seen” video clips from the TMZ library.
Tour guides on the Starline buses will also be [...]READ MORE »