Chris Colfer Is Into Bears, Plus Rep. Logo and all related banklot and designs are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. Few places have inspired more creativity than the city that never sleeps.

But, why bother with city permits, fees, cordoning off traffic and other red tape when we can bring the city of New York to you? This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. A backlot is an area behind or adjoining a movie studio, containing permanent exterior buildings for outdoor scenes in filmmaking or television productions, or space for temporary set construction. Some movie studios build a wide variety of sets on the backlot, which can be modified for different purposes as need requires and «dressed» to resemble any time period or look. These sets include everything from mountains, forests, ships, to small-town settings from around the world, as well as streets from the Old West, to whole modern-day city blocks from New York City, Paris, Berlin and London. Aerial view of the backlots of Universal Studios. The interior is an unfinished space, with no rooms, and from the back of the structure one can see the electrical wires, pipes, beams and scaffolding, which are fully exposed.

Ladders are usually built into the structure, allowing performers to climb to an upper-floor window or the roof to perform scenes. Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles offers a rare look into the Warner Bros. Laramie Street set into various stages and eventually out of Gate 3 onto Olive Avenue in Burbank, California. All the sets on a studio backlot are built to appear large, as if covering miles of ground on the big or small screen, while actually occupying only a few acres of the backlot. In their heyday, some backlots covered hundreds of acres around existing studios, and filmmakers rarely left the lot, as they would intercut the backlot shots with a handful of establishing shots filmed on location by a second unit.

Today many studio backlots are gone or nearly gone. There are several reasons for this. Los Angeles, like the rest of the United States, went through an economic boom after World War II. By the early 1970s, the industry had transitioned to location shooting for the majority of outdoor scenes, and backlots were widely viewed as an obsolete, unwanted capital expenditure and a tax burden on studios. Many were razed and the land was either sold to developers or repurposed for theme parks or office buildings.

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