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Learning Film Magic from the Professionals: The Film Studio as a Tourist Destination

Wohlfeil M (2015) Learning Film Magic from the Professionals: The Film Studio as a Tourist Destination In: O'Malley L, Patterson M, Lichrou M (ed.) 2015 Academy of Marketing Conference – The Magic in Marketing, Limerick: Academy of Marketing. Academy of Marketing Annual Conference 2015, 7.7.2015 - 9.7.2015, Limerick.

The phenomenon of film tourism is about as old as the movies themselves. Many consumers have been inspired by their favourite films to travel either to the locations they have seen on screen or to the locations where they have been filmed. Nevertheless, Connell (2012) argues that the film tourism literature is still in its early stages and lacks a decent understanding of how film tourists perceive, experience and relate to tourist destinations in general. And this is particularly true for the film studio as a tourist destination. Drawing on the author's own film tourist experiences, observations and participatory interactions with fellow visitors at a major Hollywood film studio, this paper takes a photographic essay approach to explore from an autoethnographic "I'm-the-camera"-perspective how consumers experience and engage with the magical world of film and filmmaking that film studios present to them in their guided studio tours. The study finds that the „authentic‟ nature of the film studio tour appeals in particular to amateur filmmakers, who seek informative insights into the film business and to share their knowledge and experiences with other like-minded amateurs and professionals.

film studio tour; film tourism; brand lands; film studio; consumer behaviour; consumer experiences; visitor experiences; autoethnography; introspective research; photographic essay; authenticity; brand community; authentic tourist experiences

EditorO'Malley L, Patterson M, Lichrou M
AuthorsWohlfeil Markus
Publication date2015
Date of public distribution07/07/2015
PublisherAcademy of Marketing
Place of publicationLimerick
ISBN 9781905952649
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