This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, banklot its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. A backlot is an area behind or adjoining a movie studio, containing permanent exterior buildings for outdoor scenes in filmmaking or television productions, or space for temporary set construction.
Some movie studios build a wide variety of sets on the backlot, which can be modified for different purposes as need requires and «dressed» to resemble any time period or look. These sets include everything from mountains, forests, ships, to small-town settings from around the world, as well as streets from the Old West, to whole modern-day city blocks from New York City, Paris, Berlin and London. Aerial view of the backlots of Universal Studios. The interior is an unfinished space, with no rooms, and from the back of the structure one can see the electrical wires, pipes, beams and scaffolding, which are fully exposed. Ladders are usually built into the structure, allowing performers to climb to an upper-floor window or the roof to perform scenes. Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles offers a rare look into the Warner Bros.
Laramie Street set into various stages and eventually out of Gate 3 onto Olive Avenue in Burbank, California. All the sets on a studio backlot are built to appear large, as if covering miles of ground on the big or small screen, while actually occupying only a few acres of the backlot. In their heyday, some backlots covered hundreds of acres around existing studios, and filmmakers rarely left the lot, as they would intercut the backlot shots with a handful of establishing shots filmed on location by a second unit. Today many studio backlots are gone or nearly gone. There are several reasons for this. Los Angeles, like the rest of the United States, went through an economic boom after World War II.
By the early 1970s, the industry had transitioned to location shooting for the majority of outdoor scenes, and backlots were widely viewed as an obsolete, unwanted capital expenditure and a tax burden on studios. Many were razed and the land was either sold to developers or repurposed for theme parks or office buildings. Though some studios like MGM and Fox sold vast tracts in the 1960s and 1970s, many historical sets continue to be demolished today, as there seems to be little interest in their preservation. Most recently, the western town set of Warner Bros. Trains 3 trains with 3 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 12 riders per train.
Backlot Stunt Coaster is a launched roller coaster located at three Cedar Fair amusement parks. The Italian Job: Stunt Track was announced by Kings Island and Canada’s Wonderland on August 12, 2004. At the end of the 2007 season, all three Italian Job coasters were renamed to Backlot Stunt Coaster for the start of the 2008 season. The name change was part of a wider effort by Cedar Fair to remove Paramount themes from the chain of parks the company acquired in 2006 from Paramount Parks. Backlot Stunt Coaster has three trains, each with three cars. Each car can sit four people in two rows of two. Paramount worked closely with BMW to design the cars.