On the Set at Warner

By Stephanie Lynn, age 22, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

One of the highlights of my California vacation was the Warner Bros. VIP tour. Unlike Universal Studios, this is not an amusement park in disguise. There are no thrill rides or "Men in Black" hamburger stands. Warner offers real movie and TV fans a real, albeit restricted, small group tour of a working movie studio.

Other than the fact that they locked up our digital cameras practically every time things got interesting, it was a really fun experience. I watched Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing of "Friends") and Timothy Busfield (reporter Danny Concannon of "The West Wing" ) preparing to film an outdoor wedding scene for NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip". I also got to walk all over the set of "Gilmore Girls" - even touching the furniture and props, and I saw the set of "Two and a Half Men". Alas, no photos for you. :(

What they did let us photograph included the exterior of County General and immediate "Chicago" neighborhood, and also the waiting room used in "E.R." My favorite part, however, was sitting on the "Friends" couch at the Central Perk, pretending I was Rachel Green. I also banged on the cafe guitar (a la Phoebe), imagining myself wailing out "Smelly Cat".

So if you're really into TV and movie production, and you've already done Universal (I've done both L.A. and Orlando - it was fun, but it's really just a theme park), be sure to stop by Warner's in Burbank when you visit L.A. What you might see varies by the day, even by the hour. Some tours are lucky enough to chat with a star! No crowds of tourists (I liked that!) and few tourist amenities (they do have a nice gift shop), but you might just see a star, a cool set, or watch them filming your favorite show!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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