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Old 05-21-2013, 03:58 AM   #61
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I *know* there are the various famous outside sets (e.g. New York streets) used in a lot of shows/movies.
Those are the backlots of the studios (though there are fewer than there used to be these days). For most of these, the architecture is pretty minimal and they are just facades that get dressed up to be one thing or another. A few are actually used as studio offices. Pay close attention and you can start to ID them pretty easily.

Indoor sets are a different beast. They are built on sound stages and while an ongoing production will have it's handful of standard sets, they are struck when the production ends and the studios don't tend to keep an inventory of commonly needed interiors (eg: every Oval Office you see has been built for that production).

ETA: Here is a little article about some of the Oval Office sets. One popular one owned by Warner Bros. gets broken down, stored, then rented out and set up again repeatedly for filming.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:37 AM   #62
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Those are the backlots of the studios (though there are fewer than there used to be these days). For most of these, the architecture is pretty minimal and they are just facades that get dressed up to be one thing or another. A few are actually used as studio offices. Pay close attention and you can start to ID them pretty easily.
I was on a WB studio tour a couple of years ago -- pretty cool. Then two days later, I was watching West Wing, and there was a scene of a black-tie affair where everyone was arriving. I instantly recognized it as the outside door of the WB soundstage, due to the big plaques they have listing all the shows and movies shot on that sound stage. This isn't the best photo, but this is what it looked like in person:



But for the show, they had it all dressed up with lamps, ivy, and it looked like a party going on inside. I thought that was pretty funny.
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But for the show, they had it all dressed up with lamps, ivy, and it looked like a party going on inside. I thought that was pretty funny.
Yeah, the WB studio tour is really fantastic. Pretty sure that's the one where I got to walk on the set of the Drew Carrey show (it was in its first season).

When they film in the park down the street from us, the crews always bring in extra plants and extra playground equipment. This always makes me laugh.
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Indoor sets are a different beast. They are built on sound stages and while an ongoing production will have it's handful of standard sets, they are struck when the production ends and the studios don't tend to keep an inventory of commonly needed interiors (eg: every Oval Office you see has been built for that production).

ETA: Here is a little article about some of the Oval Office sets. One popular one owned by Warner Bros. gets broken down, stored, then rented out and set up again repeatedly for filming.
Wait, those two paragraphs contradict each other.
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Wait, those two paragraphs contradict each other.
Kinda, but not really. When they build a nice set, they don't leave it standing around to be used again like a building, but they break it down and store it like a giant prop. If someone later wants to use it, they can rent it, but likely also have to rent a place to get it set up again in.
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That scene looked strange to me. I couldn't tell if it was a sound stage or a real store. It looked totally fake (like a studio), but if it was, wow, talk about a ton of set up just for one short shot. Setting up all those products, the booze, cooler with beer, wine racks with wine. I know it's a successful show and they can afford to do stuff like that, but it sure seems like a lot of work just for one shot that isn't normally part of the show (say, for instance like the comic book store which repeats once in a while).
Maybe they just filmed the scene in Penny's dressing room/trailer.
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Maybe they just filmed the scene in Penny's dressing room/trailer.
Couldn't be. Those bottles were full.
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Maybe they just filmed the scene in Penny's dressing room/trailer.
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Couldn't be. Those bottles were full.
Wait, I thought it was Penny who was the felonious drunk. So you're saying it's Kaley?

Just when I thought this junk was beginning to make sense!
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Wait, I thought it was Penny who was the felonious drunk. So you're saying it's Kaley?
She's not a felonious drunk. She's just REALLY method.
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Speaking of Penny/Kaley The Felonious Drunk, my g/f and I are watching Season 2 of Prison Break (from 2007 or so), and in a tiny part as an underage, white trash, teenager scamming for beer outside a country store with her equally trashy boyfriend, was none other than Penny/Kaley The Felonious Drunk. She was wearing a ripped t-shirt (I think) that read: "Orgy of Hate".


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