Gayle Anderson was live in Beverly Hills for "OLD SCHOOL SPECIAL EFFECTS." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' new summer exhibition, "The Fantastical Worlds of Ray Harryhausen," can be found in the Academy's Fourth Floor Gallery in Beverly Hills.
For nearly three decades, Harryhausen launched moviegoers into the magical worlds of fantasy and adventure through action sequences, executed largely by himself, featuring prehistoric beasts, aliens, giant sea creatures and mythological monsters. With unprecedented access to the Harryhausen collection, the exhibition will feature original models, drawings, storyboards and behind-the-scenes photographs demonstrating the animation and visual effects processes that Harryhausen used to create many iconic films, including "It Came From Beneath the Sea" (1955), "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" (1956), "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958), "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963), "The 3 Worlds of Gulliver" (1960), "One Million Years B.C." (1966), "Clash of the Titans" (1981).
an Oscar statuette) for his technological contributions to the industry, which included Dynamation, an original technique that allowed armatured models to be integrated into live-action footage.
The Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery also features the new exhibit, " Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z," which celebrates the work of Oscar winner and master humorist, Chuck Jones (1912-2002) and features 150 drawings, storyboards, cels, dialogue sheets and other materials. The materials on view offer highlights and rarities from Jones's prodigious output of animated short films, features and television specials, including "Elmer's Candid Camera," "For Scent-Intimental Reasons," "Duck Amuck," "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century," "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z," "what's Opera, Doc?," "Beep Prepared," and "The Dot and the Line." These items are drawn from the remarkable collection left by Chuck Jones to the nonprofit organization that bears his name. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity provides public educational programs and exhibitions based on the art, drawings, writings, teachings, and unique philosophy of Chuck Jones.
Both exhibits are on display through Sunday, August 22nd. The Academy's galleries are open from Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and weekends from noon to 6 pm. Both galleries are closed on Mondays. The galleries will be also be closed for the Memorial Day (May 29th and 30th) and Independence Day (July 3rd and 4th) holiday weekends. Admission is FREE.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards, in which members vote to select nominees and winners, the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology' and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities, the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
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