A lot of TV series and movies need a steret sequence, but instead of blocking off a genuine street, which is expensive and upsets traffic, they decide to use the Warner or Universal backlot, which is a permanent set of various street corners and generic buildings.
But every single time, it is glaringly obvious that this is a fake set. Why?
Here’s what I know:
[li]They aren’t real buildings, and have only a suggestion of interior so there’s some amount of lighting and superficial walls behind the front doors and windows.[/li][li]I think they’re built of genuine construction materials, but I may be wrong.[/li][li]They get redressed and repainted constantly, to look like different streets or cities. Though with an unusual number of New York brownstones.[/li][li]They are really outdoors, so there is genuine sunlight lighting the scene.[/li][li]The streets are narrower than actual city streets.[/li][li]There is no camber to the roads.[/li][li]There are an unlikely number of T-junctions capping very short lanes to hide the short amount of room on the backlot.[/li][/ul]
But these are talented set decorators and art directors at work. Why is it that no matter what they do to it, and what huge level of budget they are in charge of, it still looks like How I Met Your Mother?