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  • Dan Aykroyd submitted the script to Ivan Reitman along with conceptual illustrations and a videotape of himself in a jumpsuit-based uniform embellished with makeshift nutrona wands and a proton pack fashioned from styrofoam and old radio parts.

  • The film's theatrical teaser features a "Ghostbusters" theme song which is completely different from the famout Ray Parker Jr. hit.

  • The Ghostbusters logo was refined by Michael C. Gross, but Dan Aykroyd created the idea for the logo when he dreamed up the original concept for the film.

  • Two frequently-used (perhaps over-used) "famous" sound effects are heard in the movie: The Universal Telephone Ring and Castle Thunder. The Universal Telephone Ring can be heard coming from Dana's phone (with a different pitch) just before she's dragged into the kitchen (DVD time code 50:31). Castle Thunder can he heard at least two times: when we first see the statues on the rooftop after the "twinkie" speech (DVD time code 48:42), and when Dana and Louis are transforming into the Terror Dogs (DVD time code 84:12). It can probably be heard a few more times during the rooftop scenes.

  • The role of Peter Venkman was originally scripted for John Belushi.

  • The librarian was originally to be in her late 20s.

  • The Ghostbusters phone number is (212) 555-2368.

  • A 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor limo style ambulance/hearse combo was converted into Ecto-1.

  • When the Ghostbusters enter the Sedgewick Hotel, if you look carefully at the stores across the street in the background, you'll notice that one of the stores is named "Biltmore Hotel Cleaners". The hotel that is doubling for the Sedgewick in the film is the Biltmore Hotel in California.

  • The set used in the hallway sequences of the Sedgewick Hotel were originally built for and used in the film Rich and Famous (1981) and was patterned after the Algonquin Hotel in New York. (The Proton Charging Facebook page did a Shot on Site post about this showing the set pieces in their original use, as well as pointing out mismatched set pieces.)

  • When you see the hotel ghost flying around the chandelier in the Sedgewick Hotel's ballroom, what you are really seeing is a peanut that was spray painted green -- so says Terry Windell (the animation supervisor).

  • The girl with the pink bow in her hair, celebrating her birthday at the Tavern on the Green is singer Debbie Gibson.

  • One of the people in the crowd looking on as the containment unit explodes is adult film legend Ron Jeremy.

  • The scene in which the wall blows off in front of Sigourney Weaver was actually shot live. This shot could have been accomplished using special effects, but Sigourney Weaver loves danger and went for the more authentic shot.

  • Production designer John De Cuir said the temple set was the most expensive and technical set ever constructed. Dan Aykroyd called it, "...your average Pre-Sumerian temple."

  • Remember the shot in the film where the Ghostbusters look out of Dana's blown-out apartment and the camera pulls way back revealing the entire apartment building? Well, if you didn't already know, all of the area surrounding the Ghostbusters, including the building itself, is a matte painting. This is why the cars on the streets aren't moving. Well, if you look closely at the balcony on an adjacent building in the lower right corner of the screen when the camera starts to pull WAY back, you'll see some people moving. Those people are Matthew Yuricich (Chief Matte Artist), Michelle Moen (Matte Artist), and a few others. They were photographed in order to give the shot a little more movement (and perhaps as an inside joke, as well).

  • Pee-Wee Herman and Grace Jones were originally considered to play Gozer, and the role was originally offered to Anna Carlisle (a punk rocker). The role of Janine Melnitz was originally offered to Sandra Bernhardt.

  • Denise Crosby and Daryl Hannah auditioned for the role of Dana Barrett. Clips from their audition tapes can be viewed here.

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