Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walk into the DHS Muppet courtyard and take a full look around. Then walk into the holding and preshow area for a detailed look at all the props and sight gags.
Next up is the full original Kodak Preshow, with all 3 screens shot separately and composited on the same screen.
Following this, walk into the main show and take your seat for a multiple angle, tripod shot full main show including composite shots to show all the details at the same time. The main screen, both balconies, Swedish Chef, Sweetums and key orchestra moments are all covered. The main screen was also shot with a polarising filter to remove the double image.
All with source audio.
After the mainshow take a complete tour of the immediate area including Stage One Company store, It’s a Wonderful Shop, Mamma Melrose’s, Pizza Planet and a full walk of the Muppetvision overflow queue and all its gags.
The complete 2015 version of the popular stage show. Shot in multi camera HD for all the details, begin with the queue details then next take your seat for the whole show, shot from multiple angles with great low light tripod shots, composited stage wide / detail shots and a flicker free projection screen. Features a new source score / dialogue and live singing audio mix.
Something a little different. In 2014 and 2015 I made sure to do an exterior tour of every area liable to change in the future. A snapshot in time before things changed and possibly change.
Start by driving into the parking lot via both entrances and enter the park. Walk around Animation Courtyard then down Mickey Avenue / Pixar Place and all around the Fountain Courtyard / Studio Catering area.
Then pass the Honey play area into Streets of America and take a full walking tour of all the streets, the buildings and its details. Finish with a walk around Streets of America at night.
All set to an audio mix of past DHS and MGM shows and entertainment.
A huge edit of the entire Orlando stunt show. Walk into the attraction area, through the queue area and into the grandstand to take your seat for an unobstructed view. Shot with multiple full HD cameras simultaneously for complete coverage – wide shots, close ups, the video screen by tripod; all the action and details are captured.
Audio is a direct feed from the mixing desk for clear and clean music and narration as heard during the actual show with no noise, talking or distractions.
A colossal project that has ended up better than I could have hoped. Starting with the origins of the pavilion in the mid 1980s see how it developed through concept art and plans in a full concept and construction section. See the layout of the pavilion and how multiple ride vehicles run at the same time, how the pavilion was built, and how the interior sets and props fit in.
Following the grand opening take a look at changes made over the years, including the original preshow shot in full in source like quality and the original and 2014 finale films also in source like quality.
Then take a full tour of the TCM sponsored pavilion, shot in full HD for the highest quality. Look around the exterior, the window displays and the courtyard. Walk the queue taking in all the decor and display details. See highlights of the new preshow – shot on tripod – as Robert Osborne introduces each movie genre, then take your seat for a full 36 minute ride, shot from multiple simultaneous HD angles for every detail, every show scene in full and for complete coverage and with excellent low light footage too. Both hold-up show scenes are also covered in full from multiple simultaneous angles, and finally the new finale movie is shown in full from start to finish in source like quality.
Add to this possibly the most complex multi track stereo audio mix I’ve attempted to date. Audio is almost exclusively source or induction for the best possible quality of every audio detail, effect, score and narration.
A mammoth 83 minutes long. Enjoy!
The third and final part of my heavily researched trilogy. Recorded in full HD days before the backlot tour closed its doors forever. Start with a look around the exterior and waiting area of the tour, then take a complete look around the queue including the full Pearl Harbor monitor show. Next, a multi angle pass of the whole water tank show. This is followed with walking into the props warehouse for full coverage of the whole buildings display. Then await for your tram to arrive and board for one last multi angle, inducted audio spiel complete ride of the backlot tram tour as it was at closure.
Part two of my series looking at the complete history of the Disney MGM Studios backstage tours.
Starting off, go back to 1989 for a look at the original Animation tour. This includes a source quality copy of Back to Neverland with Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams, a look at the interior of the building and the viewing gallery, and the overhead Cronkite and Williams screens.
Now, back to the main tram and walking tour for every major change between 1991 and 2014. Plenty of archive photos and video, plus maps and graphics, to see how the routes changed over the years, moving entrances, Mickey Avenue and New York Street opening to the public, a second Walt Disney Theatre, additions to the backlot from houses to theatres and MuppetVision, huge changes with the Animation building extension and Lights Motors Action, what happened and when and how they impacted the tours, the shrinking walking tour and full Backstage Pass plus much more.
At over an hour long, hopefully I’ve fully documented every major change during the tours 25 years existence.
The first part of an exhaustive, detailed look at the Disney MGM Studios Backstage tours history. This first part is an hour long, and begins with the concept, design and construction of the studios tour. A detailed look at the original layout of both the tram and walking tours leads to a full multi camera edit of the original tram and walking tour circa 1989-91 including
Original queue and load
Original tram route via bungalows
New York Street and Washington Square by tram
Two Dick Tracey’s Crimestoppers New York Street tram hold ups
Half way point with Toon Garden and New York Gardens
Original water effects show in full multi angle
Visual effects stage in full multi angle
Chromakey stage in full multi angle
The Lottery and making of The Lottery
The Lottery props
Sound effects with Mel Gibson and Peewee Herman
Editing with George Lucas, C3PO and R2D2
The Walt Disney Theatre with Michael and Mickey
Something for the holidays….. back in the warmer summer of 2014, Hollywood Studios ran a Frozen Fireworks show nightly. Here is the whole fireworks presentation, shot in full HD from multiple angles with a source music / live pyro audio mix.
The 2014 version of the Star Wars Weekends firework show from Hollywood Studios. Shot from various angles in full HD on tripods with a source quality score and clean live pyro audio mix.
Also includes a multi angle edit of the stage show preceding the fireworks, and also a second edit of the fireworks from alternate angles showing the scale of the show.