Before we left for California, Cathie and I narrowed down our choices of studios to tour between Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios. Yet when we made the decision to actually go we listened to our friend Alexis explain, “”I want to take a tour through a working studio” with the unspoken hope that we may see someone famous. On Friday, Cathie and I were invited to join a group of women who rented a stretch limosine to transport them to the Warner Brother’s Studio lots. Though we had rented a car, we decided to join the group, primarily to keep us from getting lost on the way. In addition, traveling with others we sort of knew, made the studio tour even more enjoyable. The only detraction was the air conditioner’s inability to blow out super cold air on the return trip, but that was only a minor inconvenience.
When we arrived at Warner Brothers Studio, we were greeted by bronze statues of Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny which invited us in to share the magic of Hollywood movie making. But I have to say, there’s a heck of a lot more work going on at the studio than acting. In fact, acting has but a small role in the overall production of a show. As the tour continued, we were treated to many movie magic sights like the “EL” Rail system from the show ER which we were told was held together with bailing wire “If someone were to try hard enough they could easilyknock it over” the tour guide explained. Also “Central Park” which has been featured in the TV shows Friends and Gilmore Girls” Or how about the church, the school house and the university seen on the Waltons?
Every where we looked, were familiar sites from television shows and movies such as Batman, Friends, ER, The Big Bang Theory, Pretty Little Liars (we were able to walk onto their set which made me kind of wish I actually watched PLL) and The Music Man. At one point as our tour guide slowed our vehicle down to show us something and the actress Rindi Reed approached our tram, explaining she was the only one left after filming Mike and Molly that day (another show I don’t watch). We were lucky to be traveling with a family from Australia, which made the actress gush over how much she loved all of us Australians. Cathie and I looked at one another and laughed…”Hey not only are we in California, but we’re honorary Australians hurrah!!.”
And the tour continued onward…..