The Studios at Las Colinas


The Studios at Las Colinas comprise the largest sound-stage complex between Florida and California. Tours take visitors behind the scenes to see how major motion pictures and television commercials are made. The tour not only reveals how studio engineers make Star Trek scenes seem real but also lets visitors create their own special effects. The tour includes a visit to the National Museum of Communications, which has an extensive collection of communications equipment, including a late 1800s Gutenberg printing press, early 1900s telephone and radio equipment, and the KRLD-TV camera that captured Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Computer
Topic(s):Sounds/Music
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Have you noticed that TV weather persons don't cast a shadow on the map behind them? That's because they're really standing in front of a solid royal-blue background. Engineers created a switching board in the control room that uses an effect called "chroma key" to make the blue background drop out and let a map created elsewhere be keyed in.
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