A Paramount Studios Tour was at the top of our must-do’s for our spur-of-the-moment California trip.
Colette scored us some tickets, and we caught an Uber from our hotel off of the Hollywood Walk of Fame down to the studio.
It really is amazing to see behind the scenes of how movies are made, and how they have been made for quite some time without the help of computer imaging.
Hop on a golf cart with 3 of your closest friends, and a page whisks you through the massive movie lots describing the hows and whys of the inner guts of moviemaking.
From fake New York city streets to a massive parking lot that gets filled with water and used for water scenes (parting the Red Sea in the 1956 movie The Ten Commandments) – this place is massive!
We got to wander around the set of Dr. Phil (filmed in the same spot here for the last 21 years), but no photos or video is allowed inside the set. It’s also pretty amazing to see how small the set really is, and the incredible amount of lighting and other fixtures hanging from the warehouse ceiling on pulleys and tracks. It takes a lot to make television work.
Definitely a highlight of the trip, and we will both never watch a movie again without wondering what the set around the scene looks like!

They Call Me Forrest Gump

They Call Me Forrest Gump
One of the actual benches from Forrest Gump.


Maverick

Maverick
Tom Cruise’s fighter pilot helmet from Top Gun.


Paramount Pictures Entrance

Paramount Pictures Entrance
The famous arch entrance into the Paramount Studios.


Bumblebee

Bumblebee
Bumblebee from Transformers.


Paramount Water Tower

Paramount Water Tower
It no longer holds water, but they kept it as a very noticeable landmark.


Lights, Cameras, Action

Lights, Cameras, Action
Huge can lights are everywhere


Blue Sky

Blue Sky
The blue painted sky behind this set is the only blue sky we had all day.


Ornate Metalwork

Ornate Metalwork
The craftsmen who build the sets put great detail work into them.


Little New York

Paramount Studios - Little New York
It’s New York without the crowds. Every block is a different section of the city.


Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil
They let us into the set, but no photos allowed inside.


The Sign

The Hollywood Sign from Paramount Studios
You can see the Hollywood sign straight up this alley.


Rue Du Pain

Paramount Studios - Rue Du Pain
More movie props.


Terminator 2

Terminator 2
The T-1000 Terminator prototype from Terminator 2: Judgement Day.



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