Last week, I had the awesome experience of being invited to the Warner Bros VIP Tour on the Warner Bros lot up in Los Angeles. Having lived in LA for six years, I'm amazed that I never stepped foot on the Warner Bros lot and wasn't even aware that there was such a thing as the Warner Bros VIP Tour. Apparently it's available to the public for $49 per person. I mean geez, I'm SO obviously VIP you'd think I'd be in the know about these things, huh?
The Warner Bros VIP Tour
The 2-and-a-half hour Warner Bros VIP Tour took us all over the backlot and through dozens of historical movie sets. Our Warner Bros VIP Tour guide was fantastic and chock-full of movie and TV knowledge. Someone commented on how many of the windows throughout the lot were dirty, and our tour guide was quick to explain that Warner Bros coats the windows with a combination of sand, sawdust, glue and dirt to make them appear dirty, so you can't see inside the faux buildings. Also, did you know that the the WB water tower was deemed a historical landmark by the city of Burbank?
Here we are touring Jim Carrey's home from The Mask.
And this – THIS – is the exact spot where LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem was filmed. Party rock is in the house! This set will also be featured in the upcoming season of Pretty Little Liars. You all know how I love my PLL.
Our tour guide explained that all of the studios happily rent space to the other production companies, as each has their own “expertise” of sorts. The Warner Bros lot is very American – known largely for its Time Square and Park Place sets that have been featured repeatedly in shows like Friends – whereas other studios may have more of a European feel or other specialty sets. I must say, some of my most beloved and quintessentially American movies and TV shows have been filmed on the Warner Bros lot. Newsies, anyone? Ellen? We got to peruse the sets of Big Bang Theory and Conan on our Warner Bros VIP Tour, among quite a few others (no photos allowed in those sets – sorry, guys!).
Out My Window
The Warner Bros execs also took the time to introduce my fellow bloggers and I to the studio's newest endeavor, a project called Out My Window. Out My Window is a personal and secure way to share and save photos either online or directly through an app on your phone. Did you know that 26% of parents post photos of their kids, and 13% include their children's names on social media sites? Yikes. We're fiercely protective of Some Boy's privacy (hence, not even using his name on the blog) and limit the amount of photos we post of him. But there are the occasional pictures I just want to share with Oma and Opa and the rest of the family. Emailing is kind of tedious and time-consuming from my phone, but Facebook is WAY too public and the privacy settings over there are really confusing.
Out My Window is a good happy medium for concerned parents like me. It saves photos online in their native resolution so friends and family can download them for printing (no resizing like Instagram) and it can even stream photos directly to Ceiva digital frames. My grandma has a Ceiva that she uses to see her grandkids on the East Coast since she doesn't get to visit with them often, and she gets SO excited every time a new photo pops up. Out My Window also lets you organize photos with familiar tools like tags and permission-based albums. The project currently offers users 5GB of storage for free, or unlimited storage for $3.99 monthly or $26.99 annually.
What do you think? Does Out My Window fit a niche in your life? And will you be checking out the Warner Bros VIP Tour next time you're in LA?
This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. All opinions are my own.