May 7th, 2008

Thanks to applejack_12 and bluenoteboogy!

I stopped over in LA for the night, and applejack_12 made a wonderful salmon dinner! They invited over the neighbors, so we had a real party of it all. At one point bluenoteboogy noted that it really was a company town, as we had people from many different parts of the business sitting right around the dinner table.

bluenoteboogy invited me to come by the CBS studio lot and have a look around with him. A personally guided tour of a studio lot? I didn't need to be asked twice.

The things which struck me immediately were the number of crew involved in shooting, and the size of the sets, which need to be large enough to accomodate a moving camera crew. Beyond that, what really struck me was the careful attention to detail--including the masking-out of logos which aren't licensed--and the degree to which there's an abrupt change between on- and off-screen. The detail really makes that more striking, because on-screen looks so real and the backstage side is so, well, backstage.

bluenoteboogy says he sometimes gets that "half-step to the right" feeling because of that sudden transition, and I can really see why.

Anyway, it was totally cool of you both for feeding me, putting me up, and showing me around! Thanks again!