Movie viewers are enthralled at the action and story depicted in movies. Movies have the ability to transport audiences into a world of make-believe and fantasy that seems so realistic. The costumes, the props and the sets leave many a viewer in awe. Many long hours of design and labour go into building a movie set and some sets are immortalised forever.
Warner Brothers Studio Tour California
Here is a chance to see behind-the scenes on real movie sets. This tour takes just over 2 hours and winds through street sets and sound stages. You might even be lucky enough to see episodes of the Big Bang Theory, the Mentalist, Pretty Little Liars or Mike & Molly being filmed. Make sure you take the VIP Tour.
The Bradbury Building Los Angeles
This famous landmark was built in 1893 and has been a player in many sci-fi movies and television shows over the past 70 years. Blade Runner, Outer Limits, Star Trek, 500 Days of Summer, Quantum Leap, are just a few but there are many others.
Vasquez Rocks, Agua Dulce, California
This famous slanting rock formation is famous for scenes from the original Star Trek with Captain Kirk. Fast forward to 2009 and this rock formation appeared to be on Planet Vulcan in Star Trek IV. This rock has also made appearances in Bones, Friends, the New Girl and many other television shows. The television show Futurama even had an animated version of this famous rock formation.
Hatfield House England
Built in 1611, Hatfield House has connections to the Royal Family. It has also been home to the svelte Miss Lara Croft, the dapper Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) and the legendary Sherlock Holmes. It was also the family home of Tarzan in Greystoke The Legend of Tarzan. Over 30 movies have been filmed in this House.
The Lord of the Rings movie set
On farmland near Matamata on the North Island of New Zealand, you can find your way through rolling green hills to Middle Earth. A two hour tour will take you through the land of the little people, the Hobbits who lived in The Shire. The South Island of New Zealand also offers tours to locations such as Mordor, Rivendell, Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment, Helms Deep in Rohan and the Gardens of Isengard, plus many more exciting sites.
Harry Potter movie set
Located in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England, this day out will cost you plenty. But who would pass up the opportunity to stroll along Harry Potter High Street and window shop at Flourish & Blotts Book Shop or daydream at Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment? This three hour tour will take you into the hallowed halls of Hogwarts, deep into Hogwarts Castle. You will be able to see the table set for mealtimes in the refectory and stand before Dumbledore’s desk. A thrilling day where you will be transported into a world of magic, wizards and witches.
At Flight Centre http://www.flightcentre.com.au you can choose an itinerary to suit whichever movie set you would like to visit. Allow yourself to be transported into a world of wizards, hobbits or terrifying monsters. This is what movies are about; entertainment for everyone. Movies create escapism and entertainment, which is exactly what they are meant to do.