Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lights, Camera, Action - Disney's Hollywood Studios Cameraman

"The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood—not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was—and always will be." - Michael Eisner, May 1 1989 

Disney's Hollywood Studios, originally named Disney-MGM Studios, is the third of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World.  The park was based on an idea by Marty Skylar, Randy Bright, and CEO at the time, Michael Eisner.   The park is themed around different aspects of show business from film, television, music, and theater, and draws inspiration from Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s.

This bronze statue of a cameraman is located on Hollywood Boulevard on the left just past Sunset Boulevard.  Many people believe this represents Walt in the early days, but this is actually a replica of a generic cameraman statue created by Aldo and Andrea (father and son) Favilli.  Andrea worked as a Disney Imagineer joining the company in 1987.  In 1992 he opened Favilli Studio and Roy Disney and Shamrock Holdings commissioned the original statue meant to celebrate the art of filmmaking.  The original statue is located at 4411 West Olive Avenue in Burbank.  If you do a google maps street view, you can see the original.  The replica was placed in Disney's Hollywood Studios in 1995.

For this shot, since this was based on a film maker from the 1930s, I wanted to try a "vintage" look.  The settings for the shot were aperture f/8.0, 1/640 sec shutter speed, ISO 100, 16mm focal length.  I achieved the look through post-processing in Adobe Lightroom and added in a slight vignette to finish off the look and feel I was going for.

Have fun capturing the magic of Disney.