A Rare Look on the Lot of 20th Century Fox Studios!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the trip to Los Angeles I had won in a contest:  I’ve Been Away Because I Won a Trip to L.A.!

Here is a post about a little surprise that the contest prize contained.  You are probably familiar with movie studios here in the U.S. that are also theme parks.  Two that come to mind are Universal and Disney.  At these studios, you pay a fee and perhaps ride on a scary rollercoaster followed by a tour of animatronic dinosaurs ready to bite the tram you are riding in.

There is one studio that doesn’t contain any special rides or attractions.  In fact, there are no public tours available.  That studio is called, “20th Century Fox Studios”, which is considered a, “working studio”.  In other words, the movie and television writers, producers, set designers, costumers, etc. all work at this studio.

I still can’t believe it, but part of my prize was a tour of this studio!  I can’t begin to tell you what it felt like as we approached the extremely guarded front gates.  There were approximately a dozen people on the tour.  They too had won this tour as part of the prize from the contests they had won!

I am going to write a few posts about this tour, as I have pictures I really hope you will enjoy seeing! This post is a bit of an intro about the day I walked around one of the coolest places I have ever been to thus far.  I must tell you that I’m not a celebrity ‘watcher’, nor do I keep up with the latest tabloid whatever.  That doesn’t interest me in the faintest.  What does, however, is the creation of movies and television shows; you know, the ‘behind the scenes’ movie/TV magic!

The above picture is one of the ‘main’ buildings of the studio.  Founded in 1935, this studio has produced some of the most famous movies of all-time.  Star Wars (all of them!), Titanic, Home Alone, and Independence Day, are some of the highest ranking films that have ever been made.

As our group walked through this beautiful area, I truly felt as if I had been transported into another existence.  I could live here! I mean, can you imagine coming to work everyday and meandering down this beautiful, path? I could hardly contain my excitement!

Our tour group was given implicit instructions regarding the, “‘Yes you may do that”, and the, “No, you may not do that” rules for the day.  The one thing (and I completely understand why) that I can’t show you are some of the murals on the side of studio buildings.  Due to strict regulations for the artist’s who created them, we were told we could snap pictures of the artwork, but we couldn’t post them on social media.

As we began to walk around what clearly looked like a little, quaint street in an equally as quaint town, the guide informed us that we were looking at the houses where the writers collaborate and, essentially do their work each day.

Does anyone look familiar in the above photo? Do you recognize Lisa and Bart Simpson from the long-running cartoon, “The Simpsons?” There they are, on the porch, with Lisa peeking in the window to see what Ross Ritchie from, “Boom Studios” is creating today.  Boom Studios is part of 20th Century Fox; they write comic books and adaptations for television shows.  Collaborating with other talented writers and producers, Boom Studios has been involved with a massive number of projects, ranging from The Muppet Show to Planet of the Apes.

Ah, now here’s where, “The Simpsons” write their extremely witty and hilarious cartoons! (I’ve been a Simpsons fan for years; it was surreal to see a parking sign that reads, “Reserved – The Simpsons”).  If you zoom into the picture above you’ll see it too!

Now can you imagine the collaborative writing going on in this beautiful set of buildings? Keeping in mind that this studio has been in existence since 1935, I daresay that, “If those walls could talk”, I’m sure what didn’t make it to film would be just as interesting as what has appeared on the big screen.

I have a lot more to share with you!  Next post, I’ll take you ‘behind the scenes’ for some pretty cool costumes that are not on display anywhere else!

 

  38 comments for “A Rare Look on the Lot of 20th Century Fox Studios!

    • April 15, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you so much, my dear friend! Cher xo

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  1. April 15, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    This is so interesting Cher! 😎👍🏻😳

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    • April 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you, John! It was absolutely amazing! More pics to come soon! Cher xo

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  2. April 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Very cool! bet you must of felt like a movie super star along the stages 😉

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    • April 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Hahahaha, Andy! I actually felt like a kid in a candystore! LOL Cher xo

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  3. April 15, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    how cool!

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  4. April 15, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    wow – thought I was watching a movie in the travel channel, you have such beautiful images….

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    • April 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Ah, thank you so kindly, dear Mihran! What a kind thing to say! Cher xo

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  5. April 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Cher, this is a fantastic price you won here. Visiting those studios is really like being on the pulse of movie history!

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    • April 15, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      I honestly was so excited, Erika! The weather was perfect, the studio is surreal, I must say! More pics to come soon! Thank you, my dear! Cher xo

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  6. April 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    So enjoyable. Thanks and look forward to more.

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    • April 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Why thank you so much, Don! I am really looking forward to sharing some interesting photos!! Cher xo

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  7. April 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    What an incredible experience, Cher!! Congrats…it sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed yourself. Blessings ❤

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    • April 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Why thank you so much, dear Lorrie! Oh yes, truly I did! It was an experience that I won’t soon forget! Blessings to you as well! Thank you!! Cher xo

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  8. April 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Very cool. Love it!

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  9. April 15, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    So cool!

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    • April 16, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Thank you, Leigh! I will be posting more pictures soon! It was such a surreal experience! Cher xo

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  10. April 15, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Very interesting can’t wait for the next post.

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    • April 16, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Ah, thank you so much! I honestly cannot tell you how incredible the experience was! More pics soon! Cher xo

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  11. April 16, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I remember how excited I was when a tour bus took us past the very house that ‘The Golden Girls’ was recorded. It was in one of the theme parks, Cher, but it made my holiday.
    What a cool prize. That building looks so art-deco. I love it.
    Looking forward to the next part of your tour.

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    • April 16, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Hi Hugh! Ah, I would have certainly felt the same way as you, Hugh! I have always loved ‘The Golden Girls’ and to think you would have been that close to where they recorded the show much have been such a wonderful feeling! Another art-deco fan! I am too, Hugh! Oh yes, I really wished we had been allowed inside, but seeing it from the outside was the next best thing. Why thank you, my dear! I will be continuing the tour soon! 🙂 Cher xo

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  12. April 16, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    So neat to go behind the scenes with you!

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    • April 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Christy! I’m so happy to have you come along on the tour! Cher xo

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  13. April 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I wish I could have been a fly on the wall as you walked through the studio. I can’t wait to read the rest of your articles.

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    • April 26, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Thank you, Susanne! Yes, I wish you could have too! Cher xo

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