Lookout Mountain Studios = Overlook Hotel ??


Richard Moore

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Clearly the ideal place for Kubrick to film the ‘moon landing’, and the symbolism in the name is blatantly obvious.


Hollywood, California
Located in the hills of Hollywood, California, this secret film studio produced as many films as those of the Hollywood majors, yet most of those films were of a highly classified nature and unseen by all but a few. The mission of Lookout Mountain, under the command of the Air Force, was “to provide in-service production of Classified motion picture and still photographs for the Department of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission between 1947 and 1969 when the studio was deactivated. studio

stage Blast Wave
Lookout Mountain stage facility in the Hollywood Hills. Vans prepare to photograph an atomic test at the Nevada Test Site. This picture was photographed at the moment the blast wave strikes the camera.



The studio contained staff from many prominent studios alongside its military staff. Civilian personnel from Warner BrothersMetro-Goldwyn Mayer and RKO Pictures worked at the studio in functions such as producers, cameramen and directors.[1] W. Donn Hayes (1893-1973), coiner of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) title and past president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, worked at Lookout Mountain as his last career assignment; he had been in the film and television industries since 1916.[2] Peter G. Kuran worked at Lookout Mountain[3] before going on to an award-winning career involving both directing and visual effects work. In some cases, Kuran has brought footage of atomic tests developed at Lookout Mountain directly to his later work.
Field staff included photographers who were airmen assigned to the USAF 1352d Photographic Squadron,[4] formed out of the 4881st Motion Picture Squadron in 1952.[5] In the mid-1960s, Michael R. Potochick was the group commander.[3]

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