So anyway, I ended up at Sony Studios, which is the first time I've ever actually visited a major film studio not as a tourist. You see, I know someone on the 'inside'. His name is Chris and he works in Sony's Repertory division, which means he takes care of the Sony's titles after their initial theatrical run. That means that when White House Down is finished playing in your local multiplex, Chris takes over and keeps track of it and makes sure that people will still be able to see it for a long time to come. This is pretty amazing when you realize how many truly wonderful films have come from Sony; films like Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Annie, and old classics like On the Waterfront. I'm really simplifying what he does, but that's basically it. He's part of a talented team of people that keep films alive.
And because of Sony's connection to Columbia Pictures and MGM, the lot has so much history. The sound stage where Esther Williams did most of her films? Yep, it's there. There's also a stage that fills with water, where Lifeboat was made.
And the building I'm standing in front of in the picture? That's where they keep their Oscars (for Best Picture). All ten of them.
We went in to look at them, and even though they're just small gold men with movie posters behind them, it was still pretty impressive. There's a lot of history behind that glass. I couldn't help but ask the security guard if he sometimes takes them out just to hold them for a few minutes.
"Only for cleaning, which doesn't happen as often as it probably should."
Well, if they ever want to hire someone to do that job, I'll be the first to send my CV.