“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Burbank in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Stage Three

The Walt Disney Studios

Stage Three Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker
1. Stage Three Marker
Stage three was built from 1953-1954 specifically for the scene in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” in which “Nautilus” was attacked by a giant squid. The complex filming involved using wind, rain and waves to create a storm.

The stage contains a unique water effects tank that is divided into two parts, for underwater and special effects filming. The deepest section is 60'W x 60'L x 8'D with the shallow section measuring 60'W x 20'L x 3˝'D. A separate camera pit is located on the south side of the tank to shield camera equipment. Water is held back by a steel bulkhead containing three photographic ports and three viewing ports, all at different levels. The tank is equipped with a water effects pumping and filtration system designed to handle up to 4,000 gallons of water per minute.

The tank area was also used heavily beginning in the 1960’s as Disney pioneered the use of the sodium screen process. In the 1970’s Stage 3 was equipped with the first computerized motion control system. The ACES (Animated Camera Effects System) was designed by Disney engineers and broke new ground with technology which has become one
Stage Three image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker
2. Stage Three
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of the foundations of current special effects photography.

In addition to underwater photography projects, Stage 3 projects have included “Island at the Top of the World“, “The Black Hole“ and special effects photography for the Disney/MGM Studios Theme Park.

Height: 39 ft.
Length: 193 ft.
Width: 102 ft.
Other Features: Underwater Tank.
Erected 1990 by The Walt Disney Studios.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 34° 9.416′ N, 118° 19.481′ W. Marker is in Burbank, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue, on the right when traveling north. The studio property is not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 S Buena Vista St, Burbank CA 91521, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Shorts Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fantasia Stage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stage Two (about 400 feet away); Huey (about 500 feet away); The Bungalow (about 600 feet away); The Animation Building
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(about 600 feet away); Johnny Carson Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spirit of the CCC (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burbank.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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Jun. 28, 2022