Saturday, February 1, 2014

On Location Behind-the-Scenes Tour at TWC Studios!


Yesterday I visited the Time Warner Cable Studios, which is a temporary exhibit showcasing some of the cable providers most popular TV channels.  All tickets for the behind-the scenes tour were free for TWC customers, and I signed up online after they invited me via email.

On arrival you are signed in and given a 'backstage pass', which is also an individual electronic key linked to your email address.  Throughout the experience I swiped the pass to enter competitions and any photographs taken of me were available online or sent directly to me via email.

The first room of the studios is home to a huge electronic wall and ceiling that plays various clips from TWC TV shows.  There is also a wall dedicated to a live Twitter feed.  Whilst waiting for our tour we treated ourselves to a delicious treat from the 'Cake Boss' stand, which served an array of cakes and hot drinks.  Everything was complimentary and some people were really taking advantage of the freebies!  

Our tour started in giant elevator that took us up to 'The Tonight Show' Studio where you could chat with producers of the show and have your photograph taken with your favourite presenter using a green screen.  The photos came out great and you could almost believe I was chatting with Jimmy Fallon! Next we went to the ESPN Studio where you could meet a presenter of the show (I had no idea who she was though!) and try out as a sports commentator.  I then got my nails done in the TV Guide Network room before we went up to the next floor.

I watch the History Channel show 'Vikings', and enjoyed the re-creation of a battle scene using members of our tour group.  They were dressed up in period costumes and given swords and shields, it was hilarious.  Whilst they were doing this I had some interactive photos taken that looked like I was fighting with the stars of the show.  

In the 'Vikings' Studio
Finally, we ended up at the 'Game of Thrones' exhibition which was my favourite part of the tour.  I am a huge fan of the show and couldn't wait to have my photo taken sitting on the iron throne. They had various props and costumes from the set and even some dragon eggs! 
Props from 'Game of Thrones'
'Daenerys Targaryen' Costumes
However, the best part of this exhibit was being able to virtually 'Ascend the Wall'.  You stand in your own lift and put on virtual goggles and head phones.  All of a sudden you are transported into the ice cold 'north' and begin your ascend to the top of the wall.  There are amazing views all around you, you can see Castle Black and the endless snow covered mountains.  I felt as if I was really traveling in a lift, it was a very surreal experience.

We left the TWC Studios with gift bags containing some fun items, including ESPN headphones and  a Game of Thrones iPhone case amongst other goodies.  

I had a great time at the TWC Studios and hope it returns again next year!  For more information please visit http://twcstudios.com.

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