Last week, I was able to visit Ghost Corps on the Sony Pictures Lot in Culver City, California. Ghost Corps is the production company in charge of the Ghostbusters franchise and office to legendary producer and director Ivan Reitman, who gave us a personal tour. “Just wander through – try not to read any of the paperwork,” Reitman joked as we made our way through the office.
As we looked around, Reitman gave us some background on the founding of Ghost Corps. “About a year and a half ago, we worked it out so that really Sony is now in control of this wonderful idea, and we would then set up Ghost Corps as a way of helping them creatively look for new ways to expand the Ghostbusters idea,” he explained. The Ghost Corps offices are a fan’s dream, with Ghostbusters artwork and decorations covering the walls.
When you enter the conference room, you see a display on the wall of patches from Ghostbusters fan groups from all over the world. These groups enjoy dressing up in costumes and doing public service, visiting hospitals and raising money for local charities. Many of them build their own Ecto Mobiles, and over 300 were flying in to attend the Ghostbusters premiere to sit on the red carpet and attend a special screening. Reitman told us how the director of the latest film kept these fans in mind when working on the new film.
“Paul Feig did a really nice job at updating some of the technology that we sort of invented in those first two films, and he was very helpful by creating schematics that people could build – he remembers doing that with the first ones in his own life, and this was a way of sort of passing it on with the new films.” This includes providing dimensions for proton packs to help these loyal fans with their cosplay.
After visiting Ghost Corps, we had the opportunity to take a special tour of the Sony lot. Our tour guide, Maryanne, was a wealth of knowledge, telling us the history of the studio and its stars.
We had the chance to step inside the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage, where some of the most iconic movie scores have been recorded, from The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind to Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.
I was also able to set onto the sets for Ray Donovan, The Goldbergs, and Wheel of Fortune.
The iconic wheel was wrapped in plastic next to a large sign reading, “DO NOT UNCOVER OR TOUCH THE WHEEL UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES”!
So how do you get home after a long day touring the Sony lot and Ghost Corps? Well, maybe the Ecto-1 can be your chauffeur!
Getting this special peek behind the scenes was absolutely fascinating, and an afternoon I will never forget!