Behind the Scenes
It’s no secret that actors have to do their magic in make-believe worlds, with special effects added long after the talent has wrapped their scenes. It was no different with William Shatner when he read his part for our new commercial, shown here on a set at Paramount Studios. The scene called for the veteran actor to look realistically surprised by a big explosion. Truth is, the explosion was added afterwards; all Mr. Shatner had to respond to was one of our crewmembers yelling “Boom!” at the key moment. With every take, the TV and movie veteran with over 200 acting credits, remained the consummate professional, reacting with stunned, believable surprise, even if our crewmember got burned out and could only muster a less-than-thrilling “boom.”
Get the Inside Scoop on Hollywood studios: Get a behind-the-scenes look at movie and TV production on intimate guided tours
Hollywood became a star as the center of movie-making, and then television. Visit the last remaining major studio in “Tinseltown,” Paramount Studios, on exclusive tours of the legendary facility. Two-hour tours share the studio’s legacy in the entertainment industry, with small-size groups exploring sound stages and the 65-acre back lot. The special four-hour VIP tour lets you visit prop rooms, visit production facilities, and enjoy a catered lunch on the grounds. Either as part of your tour, or if you just want to visit the studio without taking the tour, you can browse for movie-themed mementos and souvenirs in the studio store, just off pretty Paramount Paseo.
Other production studios in the area offer special guided tours. And at Warner Bros.
in Burbank, visit sound stages, back lots, and see props like Harry Potter’s owl. At Universal Studios Hollywood
, take a lively tram tour of the back lot (it’s included with your general admission) and includes a 3-D visit to see King Kong battling it out with giant spiders. There’s also a VIP tour, with a tour of a massive prop warehouse and a lavish lunch, plus front-of-the-line passes to all rides in the park. And, for more information about all things LA, click here