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Amazing Trip to Media Capital!

Just a few weeks ago, I embarked on an exciting adventure with over forty other media and film students from college. Leaving rainy Britain behind, and travelling to sunny Los Angeles, the media capital of the world! During my short time in LA, we experienced a wide range of media-related opportunities, including visiting working studios, along with some of the most recognisable filming locations from many TV Shows and Movies over the years!

The first opportunity was an exciting one! We partook in an exclusing Q&A interview with Maria Perkurovskaya, the Executive Vice President & Head of Creative Advertising at Universal Studios! This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ask questions to a real industry professional, who has worked on advertising for some of Universal's biggest hits, including Dispicable Me, King Kong, and most recently; Fifty Shades of Grey!

The rest of the trip to Los Angeles was packed with a wide range of activities, including behind-the-scenes tours at both Warner Brothers and Universal Studios. Whilst at Warner Brothers, we had the opportunity to explore the sets from hit TV shows including; Friends', Pretty Little Liars, and Mike & Molly. Another great opportunity was getting to visit the working sounstage for Ellen DeGenere's daytime talk show, Ellen! I, along with a couple of other students, even caught a glimpse of; Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) from the hit show The Big Bang Theory!

Not only experience film and TV whilst in LA, we also visited the Grammy Museum, which gave an insight into the awards and the history of music. A trip to the Hollywood Museum on Hollywood Boulevard included seeing a model of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and the set from Silence of The Lambs! In addition to museums and studios visited, we also had the opportunity to visit the filming locations of many famous films and TV shows, including the Griffith Observatory, one of the most filmed buildings in Los Angeles, along with locations for well-known and iconic films such as The Terminator and Rebel without a Cause.

My LA experience was definitely one I will never forget, visiting such amazing places and getting exclusive opportunities was something so wonderful for media-orientated students. LA certainly should retain its title of 'Media Capital of the World', and that is certainly what it is!

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