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Skybok Films The Stanley Hotel


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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, The Stanley Hotel is famous for its old world charm. Offering four different Estes Park accommodation experiences including historic rooms, modern apartment-style residences for extended stays, and expansive condominiums on the legendary grounds overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park. The Stanley offers over 14,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space equipped with modern amenities and several stunning indoor and outdoor wedding venues. Only an hour away from Denver, it is the ideal destination for your Colorado vacation getaway. 

 

 

 

Daily Blog, Points of Interest

Skybok Films The Butterfly Pavilion, Denver, Colorado


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The Butterfly Pavilion is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited nonprofit invertebrate zoo home to thousands of animals from all over the world! Experience their indoor tropical conservatory with over 1,600 free-flying butterflies, hold Rosie their famous tarantula, explore incredible adaptations of sea stars, bees, beetles, spiders, and so much more!

The Butterfly Pavilion work to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation.

Cities, Daily Blog, Denver, Points of Interest

Skybok Films Beaver Creek


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Beaver Creek Mountain is renowned for its stunning beauty and welcoming atmosphere, providing access to every level of skier. You’ll delight in the meticulously groomed corduroy runs as you explore 1,800 acres of terrain, as you dip into each of the three distinct base areas while discovering everything from your new favorite run to a mountaintop candy shop. By the end of the ski day, you’ll have worked up an appetite for our beloved 3 p.m. tradition: Cookie Time. Enjoy complimentary cookies, served fresh out of the oven at the base of the mountain. Gain a nuanced appreciation for the mountain as you fine tune your skills with the Ivy League of Ski Schools. Our veteran instructors and lesson offerings can accommodate everything from small group learning to private family instruction. Beaver Creek may be home to incredible corduroy and family-friendly terrain, but its Birds of Prey course also has a reputation for being a formidable stop on the Men’s Alpine Ski World Cup—as we are the only mountain in the U.S. to regularly host the international race series.

 

Austin, Points of Interest

A Day in Tutankhamun’s Tomb!


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Tutankhamun Artifacts

This has been reblogged from The Starlit Path.

I was recently at an iconic exhibition held at The Texas Museum of Science & Technology... “Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things From The Pharoah’s Tomb”.

Skybok produced this 1-minute video profile of it! (see below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UmLULKnIsU

I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. (There’s a great documentary on Netflix now, search for “Egypt” by BBC Films). Here are some more photos from the museum’s exhibition showcasing exact replicas of the artifacts discovered in his tomb. (A nice website on the exhibition with historical questions answered here). Also, check out 8 surprising facts about Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun Artifacts

Atlanta, Blog, Daily Blog, Points of Interest

10 Facts About The Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia!


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The Swan House Atlanta Georgia

Skybok recently shot “The Swan House” in Atlanta, Georgia – Wow! What a remarkable testiment to history. The Atlanta Historical Society aquired the house in 1966 and has made the experience for visitors exceptionally interactive, with actors portraying the characters who once lived in this iconic home.

Fun Facts About Swan House

  1. The house is an example of a classic 1928 mansion
  2. It was built at the end of the jazz age
  3. It was built by a noted architect, Philip T. Shutze, who designed Swan House and its gardens, as well as many other important buildings in the city of Atlanta
  4. It lies in Atlanta’s “Buckhead” neighbourhood
  5. It is part of the Atlanta History Centre
  6. It was a filming location for “The Hunger Games”
  7. Its original owners Edward and Emily Inman. The Inmans had accumulated wealth from cotton brokerage and investments on transportation, banking and real estate
  8. The house combines Renaissance revival styles with a Classical approach on the main facade
  9. Edward Inman died in 1931, but Emily collected her family into the house and lived there until 1965. The house and grounds were acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966. See the Atlanta History Center’s website at: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/
  10. Many of the furnishings are the Inmans’ original furnishings

The Swan House Atlanta Georgia

The Swan House Atlanta Georgia Stairwell 1928

The Swan House Atlanta Georgia

All, Daily Blog

A Day at The Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta!


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Margaret Mitchell Museum Atlanta Gone With The Wind Atlanta
The entrance to Margaret Mitchell’s home where she wrote “Gone With The Wind”

Where to Buy Gone With The Wind Products
“Gone With The Wind” products at the gift shop

I recently visited Atlanta, Georgia, where I was attending the International Rotary Convention. I had little to no knowledge of Atlanta, and was pleasantly surprised with some of the amazing tourist spots! One of them being The Margaret Mitchell House + Museum – the original home of the famous author and birthplace of “Gone With The Wind”! FYI: It took her 9 years to write the book, during which time she would seal chapters of her book in envelopes + hide them in secret spots around the home. I highly recommend this fantastic destination if you’re in the city – an entertaining, educational venue where you can learn some valuable historical info, not only about the author’s life, but also about Georgia history + the era in which the film was made. My favorite part was the guided tour through the apartment + the behind-the-scenes info on the audition process with highlights on the making of the famous film (including archival footage of the film premiere + celebrity interviews). Book your weekend getaway today via EXPLORE TRIP (They are currently running a brilliant S U M M E R  S P E C I A L!).

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Margaret Mitchell, Peggy Marsh to her friends, dubbed her apartment, “The Dump.” Surprisingly, it is in this shabby little apartment on the bottom floor that this petite, yet mighty woman wrote a big ‘ol book that sold faster than a duck on a June bug!

It is here that the notorious Peggy Marsh wrote Gone With the Wind. A Pulitzer Prize followed. Fame, fortune, and fans, too.

Gone With The Wind

Margaret Mitchell Quotes

Margaret Mitchell Museum Atlanta Gone With The Wind Atlanta

Margaret Mitchell Museum Atlanta Gone With The Wind Atlanta

Typewriters from the 1940s

Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell House Atlanta

Margaret Mitchell's House in Atlanta

1940 kitchen

1940 kitchen

Singer Sewing Machine

Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind Typewriter

Gone With The Wind Premiere 1940 Loews Grand Theatre

Vivien Leigh Scarlet O'Hara

Margaret Mitchell Oakland Cemetery Grave
Margaret Mitchell’s Grave at Oakland Cemetery
Blog, Daily Blog

Why Filming Coffee Shops is Great


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Filming coffee shops is great because you catch people on a caffeine high and everyone wants to be on camera!

Usually, filming in certain venues requires some sort of permission grant signed by whoever is being filmed, like a release form, so they can’t turn around and sue you when the video ends up on the internet. Luckily, I’m very diligent with getting release forms signed.

But even with that, it’s always tricky filming the people on location because they are often suspicious of your intentions and can suddenly become quite alarmed.

How most places handle this uncomfortable issue is they put up a sign notifying the patrons there is a film shoot going on. Basically, such a sign puts them at ease by informing people on their way into the venue. It also waives any responsibility legally on behalf of the venue because it means anyone who is there has been ‘told’. And by being told, they’re indirectly giving their consent to be filmed. Unless they explicitly object, the venue assumes they are happy with it. If they’re not happy with it, it’s their responsibility to get out of the shot or ask the filmmaker to exclude them from the shot.

It’s a great way to get around the problem.

Though, for some reason, coffee shops are always less likely to be fussy.

Everyone is there meeting friends or having little business meetings or church gatherings, so it’s not like a Hollywood production. Putting up signs everywhere almost never has to happen because no one ever really has an issue (at least in my experience). And, if they do, it’s easy enough for them to come up and tell you.

I think today in general, people are becoming more relaxed anyway. I’m realizing this because with all the social media going on, there are so many people besides the professionals who are raising a camera for social reasons. The atmosphere is more personal and there’s a striking kind of trust fueled with adrenaline and excitement.

Skybok has filmed dozens of coffee shops in South Africa, here are some of my favorites below. Enjoy!