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The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

by Mr. Dickerson
September 25, 2014. 6:07 pm

While in LA this week, YDI had the pleasure of stopping by one of the fabricators for Dodger Stadium. One of our favorite parts of the job is visiting sign shops to see where our designs become reality. This particular day we visited the Warner Brothers Studio Facilities in Burbank, California. They have one of the largest fabrication facilities in the country with an incredible range of talents and lucky for us, WB’s services are not limited to the motion-picture industry.

Aside from the 28 stages, there are an impressively large amount of services on site. The departments include a full design studio, Sign & Scenic Art, Staff Shop, Paint Department, Hardware Rentals, Cabinet and Furniture Shop, Metal Shop and The Collection. Within each of these departments work some of the most-skillful craftsmen in their fields.

The department that we work with directly is The Design Studio / Sign & Scenic Arts. They create custom designs for movie and television sets. Boasting 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art technologies, they’re responsible for theatrical backing, printed flooring patterns, hand-painted backdrops, murals, lettering, billboards, signage and so much more. The shop includes a 16ft large-format printer, a flatbed printer, two router rooms, plotter room and a paint booth. Some of their recent notable projects are the 86th Academy Awards and The Hobbit.

One of their recent projects was to create dozens of internally illuminated Oscar sculptures for the 86th Academy Awards.

One of their recent projects was to create dozens of internally illuminated Oscar sculptures for the 86th Academy Awards.

The Staff Shop is one of the oldest and largest providers of architectural ornamentation in the industry. Their library covers every architectural style and period. The collection of original and hand-sculpted moulds is mind-boggling. They are responsible for the recreation of building façades for all the sets. The Staff Shop’s services are also available for commercial and residential projects.

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This craftsman is creating the moulds for injection moulded lexan Christmas ornaments in the Staff Shop.

Nearby these departments is an amazing place aptly named The Collection. This enormous building houses what seems like the largest collection of furniture, fixtures and decoration in the world. The Collection offers anything you could imagine for a set, from designer furniture and Tiffany chandeliers to computers and medical equipment. Notable sightings were the piano from “Casablanca” and the red leather chairs from “The Matrix.” Obviously everyone in our office wants to be set designers for WB now.

Visiting WB reminded us that the possibilities are endless. YDI is excited to have the opportunity to work with these amazing designers and craftsmen.

Alison sits in the Erebor Throne from the set of The Hobbit.

Alison sits in the Erebor Throne from the set of The Hobbit.

The most surprising part of our tour was the 75th Anniversary Batman exhibit displaying a timeline of Batmobiles™ and Batcycles™.

The most surprising part of our tour was the 75th Anniversary Batman exhibit displaying a timeline of Batmobiles™ and Batcycles™.