I had an opportunity this past week to work with a small team for 3 days on the Disney lot in Burbank. This is the campus where Walt used to work (his office has been preserved there), and where many of the original animated and live action films were created. It was built on 51 acres with profits from “Snow White” (1937) to serve what Walt presciently saw as a need to grow the animation side of his company. There’s a history of the studios here, with pics. One of these pics shows walt inside the mill, a large, warehouse-like building I’ve passed often enough while on the lot (we work nearby – coworkers and I occasionally have lunch there), and in which all the woodworking needed for the sound stage sets is done. I’d love to get a peek inside one day!
For whatever reason, I’ve walked by this 3+ story contraption before without realizing what I was seeing. The mill building is on the left, and that is officially the largest cyclonic dust collector/separator I’ve ever seen. It’s designed such that a truck can pull in under it and drive away when full. Humorously, throughout the week I kept seeing everything from golf carts to expensive convertibles with their tops down parked under it, dust chute material draped across them. I guess it doesn’t get used anymore, or those folks are dumb or brave. Oh, and the folks in the shot are my team. The two on the left work with me all the time. The two on the right flew in from Canada and Australia for the week, just for this one assignment. We had a great time.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator