Thursday, May 20, 2004

Oscar Thing: Cool thing going on in Beverly Hills out at the Acadamy Gallery.

The Academy’s previous exhibition of the work of contemporary set decorators, installed in 1996, was such a hit it seemed logical to do it again, this time on a larger scale. A key component of every film, the work of the set decorator will be highlighted with an interactive installation that delights the eye and explores the creative solutions of the entire production design team.

The Academy Fourth Floor Gallery will be temporary home to worlds as diverse as those created for Dr. Seuss’ flights of fancy (The Cat in the Hat), modern and period horror stories (The Haunted Mansion and Van Helsing), swinging tales of ‘mod’ ‘60s singles (Down with Love), superheroes (Spiderman 2) crime-fighting vixens (Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle), student magicians (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and modern families (Cheaper by the Dozen).

Each film will be represented by a 3-dimensional, interactive set, showcasing the set décor and prop items created for each of these films by the set decorator. A video reel containing film clips and interviews with the set decorators will allow the visitor to further understand the journey from set design to finished film.

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