A few weeks ago, my sister and I met up in LA for a sister’s holiday! We managed to pack in a lot of amazing experiences while we were there and I feel I must share with you the highlights of the trip which I’ll do over the next couple of weeks.
First up is the taping of The Big Bang Theory.
A few weeks prior to our trip, we were lucky enough to score priority tickets through TV Tickets (http://www.tvtickets.com) to be part of the audience and watch the taping of The Big Bang Theory! Yes I know….. A W E S O M E!! The day finally arrived! Yippeee! We arrived at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank about 2 ½ hours before the taping of the show which started at 6.30 pm. Upon arriving, there were already a lot of people waiting in line to check in their attendance; both priority ticket holders and those on standby. As we held priority tickets, we congregated with the other lucky priority ticket holders in an area of the Gate # 3 car park at Warner Bros. A security officer checked our photo ID and stamped our hands with an invisible (unless you have a blue light) Warner Bros. hand stamp. Audience co-ordinators from Audiences Unlimited gave us check-in numbers; we were numbers 46 and 47 (this was correlated to where we sat). Then, we waited and waited and waited a little longer.
At 6.00 pm we were taken over to Stage #25 where the filming took place. Below is a sign which shows all the movies and TV shows filmed in Stage 25 since 1935.
There were quite a few cars parked outside Stage #25; now these cars were pretty nice (Maserati, Audi, Range Rover etc.), so both my sister and I wondered whether these cars belonged to any of the stars of the show. After the taping, we actually saw Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting drive past us in the Range Rover! How cool is that!
Once inside, we were shown to our seats which were at the right hand side of the stage. The stage set was organised where the staircase and elevator set was in the middle, to the left was Penny’s apartment and to the right of the staircase was Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment.
Before filming took place, the audience were shown on the numerous TV screens above the stage set, an episode of the show which was taped the previous week and had not been aired yet. As soon as the episode ended, the warm-up guy introduced the cast and some of the producers, including the Chuck Lorre.
Filming commenced! OMG, it was exciting. They filmed the episode called “The Troll Manifestation” which was from Season 8, Episode 14 and was aired in the US on 05 February 2015.
Overall, the takes in each scene were shot twice and there were only a couple of scenes where the lines were messed up. As we were sitting on the right hand side of the stage, we were not able to see the filming in Penny’s apartment but the TV screens above us were playing the scene for those in the audience who could not see.
In one scene, Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) finished her line; the Director yelled “cut” and the scene ended. Her final line was supposed to be funny (no one in the audience laughed) and I presumed the writers etc. noticed this, so they shot the scene again. Amy’s final line had been re-written and it was now hilarious. I was amazed at how quickly the writers could change a line in a scene within less than a minute.
It was fascinating to see how many people were behind the scenes and how the actors were able to maintain their focus and stay in character even with all of the distractions, re-shoots and re-written lines. In between takes, the actors would stand around and talk to each other or they would go elsewhere on the set and repeat their lines to themselves, getting ready for the next scene.
Midway through the taping, the audience were offered a slice of pizza and a bottle of water which wasn’t expected at all. Let’s face it, who can turn down a slice of free pizza!
Filming ended just after 10.00 pm and the cast came out from behind the set for the final curtain call. Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting said a few words; thanking the fans stating the show is where it is because of us, that they loved their jobs and could do it forever.
What a night! If you ever find yourself in LA and love The Big Bang Theory, then this is a must!