Hollywood Zen: Still life on CBS lot

I was working on the CBS lot in Studio City around sunset today. I had a digital camera with a few minutes and megabytes to kill, so I took some quickie snapshots of abandoned TV sets. Everything you see here is life-sized, but fake (not unlike my city). The trees are painted on drywall, the houses are 3 feet deep, even the ivy is two-dimensional. Vacant studio lots emit a strange kind of sorrow and character that’s not there when they’re full of bodies. Like flat sketches that pop off the page when liberated from their daily human cargo. After actors depart and crews go home, the lots wake up to live moody, secret little dream lives we don’t know about. LA is full of promises and lies. Here, even the studio sets lie to you about being inanimate.
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2 Replies to “Hollywood Zen: Still life on CBS lot”

  1. Xeni, you are right on. You should get around to writing a novel like your colleague Cory.

    Jack

  2. Love the photos, Xeni.

    >Vacant studio lots emit a strange kind of sorrow and
    >character that’s not there when they’re full of bodies.

    Totally. I walked through Sony’s NY city set once with no one around and it was bizarre. I kept expecting zombies to appear, it was like 28 Days Later.

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