Saturday, September 07, 2013
Today I am sharing a second reel of photos featuring the long-gone MGM backlot in Culver City! To see the first reel (and get caught up on some history), click HERE.
Here's a charming house near a picturesque bridge (known as "Waterloo Bridge"). I'm sure that matte paintings turned that pond into a convincing river in many movies.
This is an interesting angle on what might be some old city façades; they look so good from the front, but from any other direction they are a mess! This structure seems to be deeper than necessary; perhaps on occasion, actors needed to get up to the third story (maybe to wave out of a window).
It's so interesting to me to see these strange little structures, it's hard to believe that they would convincingly represent the Old West (or whatever), but I'm sure that when they were seen on film, the effect was perfect.
This looks like a royal courtyard in France, or maybe Austria. Again, matte paintings could fill in the upper portions of the buildings, although the encroaching trees might make that more difficult.
The detritus of countless movies and television programs, all in pretty rough shape. Not that it mattered at this point, as it was all going to be bulldozed.
More ruins. Imagine being able to explore this place when it was completely deserted! That would be amazing. And spooky.
It's hard to see anything through the trees and shrubs, but it looks like there is a grand suburban house near that stone wall.
There are more reels of the final days of the MGM studio lot if you are interested!