There are weekday tours of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. However, in summer months, additional tours are scheduled in the evening hours. This gives guests an opportunity to see some areas that are not available during working hours, as well as an opportunity to see the studio lot at night. Let’s take a look.
As the tour moves forward, the buildings get closer together. The grass here is artificial. Artificial grass doesn’t need to be mowed. No mowing means no motor noise affecting any nearby sound recording.
One of the most exciting areas to see was this scoring stage. Music for every Pixar movie has been recorded on this stage, and the wall of the stage has a display of the Hawaiian shirts that John Lasseter wore during the recordings. This stage is also where music for “The Wizard of Oz” was recorded. Unfortunately, this was a production area where photos were not permitted past the entrance.
One of the production areas we could take photos in was this ADR stage. ADR is where actors re-record their lines when on location sound was too noisy. They watch themselves on screen and say the lines again.
The Sony Pictures Studios Twilight Tour was excellent. More information about this tour and the daytime tour is at sonypicturesstudiostours.com