I’m a bird: It rains in SoCal.

So, I didn’t post yesterday, but there wasn’t much exciting to report.  We spent the day in the hotel having various speakers and then we went to a party with our alumni.  It was pretty fun.

Today was our day to be crazy tourists. We started off our day at the Griffith Observatory, a historic landmark of Los Angeles.  It was very cool and had some great old architecture as well as a fantastic view of downtown LA.  There were amazing exhibits inside about the planets, but we didn’t get to stay very long.

After that we went to the Hollywood Sign.  We had to drive through this incredible neighborhood where the houses were all built into hills on several levels, it was so cool.  We took lots of pictures with the sign, but here is a nice group shot.

After that we drove through other places in LA including Muholland Drive, Doheny Mansion, Beverly Hills and others.  We drove by the Beverly Hills hotel as well as the Beverly Hilton, where the Golden Globes were tonight!  Although we didn’t see any celebs, we saw lots of limos!  It started raining really badly after lunch and for the rest of the night, which made for sort of a bummer evening.

We headed to Santa Monica after that for sunset, except since it was raining there wasn’t any sun to see.  We had fun on the beach anyways though…

Then we got onto the pier, where we had more adventures in the rain!

Then we had dinner on Elon at Bubba Gump which was nice before heading back to the hotel for some much needed rest!

It is supposed to rain all day tomorrow as well.  We are going to Universal Theme Park!  Should be fun anyway!

Getting Swag

We started our day today at Warner Bros. by walking through the backlot.  We got to see the set of Gilmore Girls, ER, and many others! After that we walked through the set of the TV show Chuck.  We got to see the Buymore and also the apartment complex.  The sets were so much bigger and more intricate that I would have ever thought they were!

After that we met with many people in Post-Production sound.  We got to see mixing audio as well as foley, where they make sound effects.  Next we went and saw some digital imaging where they do color correction and also where they take film off and convert it to digital.  We also got to go in one of the vaults where they store all the film reels from previous movies.  Here is a picture of me with Lord of the Rings!

We got lunch after that at the WB cafe and then got to go into the WB museum.  It was really cool because we got to see lots of costumes from Batman, Sweeney Todd, Gossip Girl, The Departed and most of all HARRY POTTER!!!!!  There was a whole floor dedicated to HP and it was incredibly fabulous!!

After that we went to The CW and met with the guy who does online promotions. He showed us lots of promotions that he helped distribute for shows like Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Smallville and Vampire Diaries!  Then he gave us posters and bags made from old billboards.

After that we met with the woman who does Worldwide Marketing for WB.  She gave us a lot of insight on how to market to foreign countries and how the films can change.  She also discussed the upcoming trend to 3D and how that will become marketable!

Finally we met with WB interactive, which deals with the promotions for video games.  It was interesting to see how that differs from the release of films or TV.

In the evening we had some free time and also met with Gil to discuss how to finance an independent feature film!

Come On Down!!

So yesterday I was very very tired after we got back due to the day’s itinerary, which I will describe later, and was unable to post.  But now I shall post twice!

So yesterday we went to CBS Television City. First we talked with a producer and a director from The Bold and the Beautiful, a very successful soap opera.  It was very interesting to learn what they do; on some days they shoot over 80 pages of script!  We also got to see their massive costume closet, which was very cool!

Next we met with the producer of the The Price is Right and got to tour the stage and go to the production meeting.  In the meeting they went over everything that was going to happen and which models would be using which props and such.  Then we got to watch the practice run while we talked with other members of the staff and crew.

After that we got to be part of the studio audience! The show we saw will be aired March 1, 2010, so be sure to look for us!  It was really fun to get to be a part of the audience and they show was very different taped live than when you see it on TV.  The audience looks so much bigger when you aren’t a part of it! After the taping we got to go backstage again and spin the wheel!!

After that we ate a late lunch at the Television City cafe and then proceeded to go on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful and watched them tape an episode.  The stage they shoot on was huge and they had about a dozen different sets!! We also got to see them edit an episode of the show in the editing suites!

Once we left Television City, we headed over to CBS Radford to be in the live studio audience for the sit-com Gary Unmarried.  It was a really interesting experience! We sat in chairs on a raised platform above the stage and watched them film the scenes over and over again!  We were expected to laugh at the funny parts so that they could record us for a laugh track!  The show was pretty funny, but the whole ordeal took about 6 hours.  After the taping ended we got to talk with the line producer and one of the actresses from the show.  They gave us some good insight about the hours and the pressures of the industry.

Once we got out it was after 10pm and we still hadn’t eaten dinner!  The only places really still open were fast food, so we had El Polo Loco, which was a Mexican/chicken place!  After dinner we went straight back to the hotel and went to bed!

We Played Slots in Vegas…

Or at least we tried.  Not only were we not 21, but the mean lady informed us that we couldn’t even be within 10 feet of the machines.  Which is pretty much impossible in the Vegas airport. I did manage to secure this photo however…

Anyway, we got up at 4am today got on our flight to Las Vegas, then made our connection to Burbank, CA.  The plane ride was long, but it was a clear day so the view was absolutely beautiful!!

Upon our arrival in Burbank we checked into our hotel and headed to In-n-Out Burger for some lunch! Next we all took naps while Gibson and Kiwitt got the van.  At this point with the time change it had already been a long day!  Next we got groceries for our breakfasts and then had another short break.

In the evening we had a discussion with two Elon Alumni, Katherine and Ben, who both work at NBC Universal.  They had some really great insights on interviewing and securing jobs in the industry as well as surviving life in LA.

We went to this awesome Greek place for dinner where our crazy waiter gave us all recommendations on what to eat! Finally, the moment I had been waiting weeks for, PINKBERRY!!!  It was well worth the wait and so yummy!!

It has been a long and stressful day, and now I am going to sleep!!