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Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Universal Experience of Film

A young Korean seated behind me in the plane to LAX was asked why he was going to the US. He automatically answered, albeit in halting English, that he’ll be there only to visit Universal Studios. He’ll leave as soon as he completes the two-day tour.

Unlike him, I wasn’t as excited in getting there. I have kept my expectations low in this visit, knowing fully-well that this was rushed and most of the people I’m visiting will be working. But my hosts exerted all efforts to make my stay worthwhile, so they did get job passes and brought me to the mother of all film studios.

Then I knew why Universal Studios should always be included in any tourist’s itinerary in the US. It just doesn’t make one part of the movies he once loved, it also instructs him on how the world of movies operate.

Personally, the experience pushed me back in time, when I too dreamed of being in the film industry. The part of the tour where people are shown dubbing and film effects techniques reminded me of the time when the famous Ishmael Bernal brought us to a studio and dubbed his films.

I got too engrossed in the experience that I failed to take as many photos as I could. Here are some just the same. I guess you know to what movies these sets belong.







For other pics, please visit Coldman's post. We may have been there on the same day but we both forgot to bring our name tags. :-)

16 comments:

KRISJASPER said...

another blogger is there.. si coldman.. musta?

aryo said...

krisjasper: oo nga e. nagkita nga kami ni coldman sa universal. yun nga lang ayaw humarap! laging nakatalikod! :-)

Abaniko said...

Waterworld stunts in Universal Studios are great, no? So, where will you be next? Getty Museum? :D

carlotta said...

the last time i went there was 15 years ago lol so obviously iba na yung mga features. sumakay ka ba sa tram? andun parin ba yung mga super haba na escalators? =)

Coldman said...

Hahaha! kumusta naman at pareho tayo ng post ngayon! Hmmmm... Baka nga nagkaslubong tayo dun, yun nga lang nakatalikod ako O kaya isa ka sa mga nabasa sa waterworld, Hehehe. Sa totoo lang daming mga Chinese at Japanese na tourist with matching flags, alam kong agree ka dun.

the nomad said...

si coldman din nasa Universal Studios. hay, ang yaman ng mga bloggers sa Pinas. akukaya, kelan?

*crosses fingers so hard, they start to snap*

aryo said...

Nomad: Mayaman ka diyan. Kaya nga kami di nagkita ni Coldman dahil busy ako sa paglilinis ng Universal. Sya turista, ako trabahador.:-)

aryo said...

Abaniko: Ok nga yung Waterworld. Dami nabasa he he. What's next? White House? He he. We're going to Grand Canyons then Las Vegas.

Carlotta: Yup! Andun pa rin ang super habang escalator.

Coldman said...

turista ka dyan , kaya di mo ako nakita kasi ako ay isa mga mascott. Disguise! hehehe!

aryo said...

Ikaw yung nakasuot ng wolverine? shit. ang gwapo mo pala! pa autograph! :-)

Coldman said...

ako si Dora the explorer! hahaha!

Javi said...

aww.. I can only dream about universal studios for now. Very nice pics. :)

aajao said...

sana nag-enjoy ka sa Jurassic Park. hehe..

your US Trip posts makes me bring back time to year 2002. lol.

Gypsy said...

More than the rides, I think I would have loved watching how they make films as well since I was in video producing ages ago. Must be super exciting to actually be seeing how they do all those special effects, tuwa na nga ko just watching "The Making Of..." on TV eh. Hehe.

aryo said...

Javi: Thanks for the visit! Dreams do come true, believe you me.

Nonoy: I took the Jurrasic Park ride. Twas fun. Nice to know Im bringing good memories back. :-)

Gypsy: Nag feeling mass comm talaga ako uli. I loved the "making of" part of the visit.

Gina said...

Did you do the Men In Black ride? (or is still there?)
It was one of my most favorite stops.

Here's a link to my previous post about my Universal visit.

See if you liked the same shows.

http://alone-with-my-thoughts.blogspot.com/2007/05/thursday-13-16.html