I don't get this, for over a year now, Toys R Us has been filming almost all its commercials at the store by my house, Los Feliz TRU right near Glendale, CA, and I've even been there during filming of a few by accident - they film most while they're open and give advance warning a week in advance or so (there was no back-half to that robotic Geoffrey for last year's thanksgiving-themed ad, yet all the dinners in the shot were real). So how come whenever I see these commercials the store looks so neat and clean and efficient and well-lit? This is the same store I visit all the time, it perpetually has candy wrappers and opened toy packaging and dust all over the floor and shelves, the products are a scattered mess and the pegs are sloppy and torn up, and nearly every section is dark and dank and noisy. And don't get me started on the skylight.
I know a few of you are regulars of this store too, so you know what I'm talking about. So is ILM spending their spare time cleaning up the shots? How do they pull this off? I just saw one right now that looked ridiculously well-kept both outside and in, and it's not from when they first opened because the side of the somewhat-recently-added Best Buy is in the outside shot.
Just crazy thoughts from your friendly neighborhood JT.