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There is a reason why it’s called “movie magic”. Through television and film, filmmakers can transport us to different places, times, and worlds. But like a magician, it’s all an illusion where we can only see and hear what we are supposed to. But thanks to the Warner Bros. Studios Tour Hollywood in Burbank, California, we can pull the curtain and see how some of our favorite television shows and movies are made in one fantastic studio.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood focuses on how production happens. From your favorite shows like “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory” and your favorite movies like the world of the DC superheroes and classics like “Casablanca’. Studio officials say that the point of the tour is to not only understand how a film is made but also to inspire them to think outside the box and experiment themselves.
We had the opportunity to tour the studios to share with you some of the amazing sets and props from tv and film throughout history that may just cause a reaction. You can check out a video of some of the cool experiences below!
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood gives you the opportunity to take a guided tour of the backlots, which are very actively working on potentially the next blockbuster or Emmy-winning television show. See how the same place can be transformed into different locations and how “temporary” everything really is. You’ll also have the chance to step into sound stages where current sets are in place. One of my favorite spots was the front of Abbott Elementary and “The Big Bang Theory” Sound Stage.
“Stage 48: Script to Screen” is the next part of the tour that is self-guided. Here you can learn about the moviemaking process from casting, and scripts, all the way to the glamour of a premiere. A couple of fun things here are the movie clips you can film in front of a green screen and be part of “The Dark Knight” and Harry Potter.
Learn about the artistry of pre-production, motion capture, sound effects, and forced perspective. If you’re a fan of “Friends” or “The Big Bang Theory”, you are in luck because you can take photos on their iconic sets. It’s the closest fans can get to being in the show.
Speaking of icons, there is a great photo opportunity with the real fountain from the opening credits of “Friends”. It was brought over to the studios from the Warner Bros. Ranch for fans can get a closer look and a photo. They also have a Central Perk Cafe and Friends Boutique to further immerse you in the classic sitcom.
Being the huge DC fan that I am, there was no spot I enjoyed more than “DC Super Heroes and Super Villains”. Here you explore the past and present of the DC Universe in film. From Christopher Reves’ Superman to Robert Pattinson’s Batman and everything in between. They have several props from a lot of films throughout the decades. They have immersive areas if you’re a fan of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.
My favorite section was the area recreated as the Batcave where there is the classic 1989 Batmobile, a Batwing, and the Batpod. Christian Bale’s Batsuit is on display with all its gadgets. A must-visit for all fans of “The Dark Knight”.
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Fans of Harry Potter won’t leave disappointed. Despite the fact that the film was made overseas, The Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Hollywood offers immersive experiences that will make you feel like you’re going through school. From Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs to Newt Scamander’s Shed.
You go through the steps of attending Hogwarts. A photo opportunity is available of you receiving your letter to hopefully become a wizard. If you’re going to Hogwarts, it’s important to visit the Sorting Hat to find out what Hogwarts House you belong to. From there head straight to class and get right into potion making, herbology, and practice your wand movements. Overall a very fun immersive experience.
To wrap up the experience at the Warner Bros. Studios Tour Hollywood, you go through the gift shop where there is just about everything fans could want to commemorate their trip into the magic of moviemaking.
The tour is a must-visit in my opinion for any movie fans. It’s fascinating to see how much work and care is put into all of the films and television shows we enjoy on a daily basis. For more information and how to make reservations on their website.