I worked on a number of films while living there and I certainly hold the process of film making in high regard; long hours and a lot of hard work. To show respect and recognition of the pioneers in film is not to be missed! This is one of the main reasons why I love Old Hollywood~ the creation of art in motion picture. The behind the scenes are just as interesting as the fantasy born in front of the camera. Make sure you check out the museum website at the end for more information and history! Click the photos for a better view!
I bought 9 books in the gift shop!
Here, Louise Brooks is seen joining in on the fun for the celebration of the barn's second location on Melrose & Vine where the current Paramount studios is located.
This address is for the studio's first location in 1913, at Sunset & Vine. 13 years later, the barn moved 1.5 miles north to it's second location.
This giant megaphone was often used to bark directions for cast and crew. No need for this now, thanks to walkies and willing production assistants! If DeMille looked out the window hard enough, he could see the bumper of my red car. :)
DeMille took a break from screaming at someone to have his portrait taken.
This bell was used by the sound department for Foley artists and sound technicians. A Foley artist is a member of the crew who recreates natural sounds using many different objects. A little primitive, but they are still used today.
Beautiful stills from some of Paramount's greatest films. The large photo on the left is from the 1923 epic The Ten Commandments. "The City of the Pharaoh" as it was called, was so large that it was impossible to disassemble, so it was easiest to bury it in the sand. (When the Hollywood & Highland Complex was being remodeled, the inspiration came from this historic set.) For more information, check out DeMille's Lost City.
3-20-09 CORRECTION Reader Missy pointed out my mixup; the large photo below is not of The Ten Commandments, but D.W. Griffith's 1916 Intolerance. This is the set that was used as inspiration for the Hollywood & Highland Complex.
DeMille's The Ten Commandments monstrous set, "The City of the Pharaoh" was buried in the sand outside of Los Angeles and excavation for this priceless treasure still continues today. See link posted above for more details.