Behind the Screen

Behind the Screen Exhibit takes you there.

Tue mornings at 10:30am. Ongoing.

The core exhibition of the Museum, Behind the Screen is a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment. Occupying 15,000 square feet of the Museum’s second and third floors, the exhibition reveals the skills, material resources, and artistic decisions that go into making moving images. Behind the Screen also introduces visitors to the history of the moving image, from nineteenth-century optical toys to the present-day impact of digital tools on film editing and post-production.

Artifacts: The exhibition incorporates approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum’s collection of the material culture of the moving image. These include historic film and television cameras, projectors, television sets, sound recording equipment, costumes, set design sketches and models, make-up, fan magazines, posters, and an outstanding collection of licensed merchandise—dolls, toys, board games, lunch boxes, and more. The Museum has also been a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games, which are on exhibit and available for play by visitors. Recently acquired objects on view include makeup used on the stars of Sex in the City, a mechanical prop designed by Mike Marino for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and molds and prototypes produced during the creation of a King Kong action figure.

Computer-based interactive experiences: Visitors may record their own movements as a sequence of still photographs that can be printed out and made into a flipbook; create their own stop-motion animations, which they can save and email; record their voices over dialogue from a film, following the same procedure that actors use when dubbing their lines in post-production; choose sound effects to add to the images of well-known movies and television shows; add music to scenes from movies, to experience how music affects mood and tone; and see themselves in a Magic Mirror, dressed in costumes from famous movies.

Audio-visual material: Behind the Screen includes nearly four hours of audio-visual material that ranges from film clips related to the artifacts on display; projections of the earliest kinetoscope films, The Great Train Robbery,and selections from The Jazz Singer and Nanook of the North, all of which bring key moments in film history vividly to life; special videos, including The First Movies about Etienne Jules Marey and Chuck Workman’s Precious Images; and a simulation of a live TV control room, taking visitors inside the room where director Bill Webb called the shots for the broadcast of a game between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres.

Commissioned artworks: Artworks created especially for incorporation into Behind the Screen are Tut’s Fever by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, a real movie theater equipped for video that seats thirty-five; TV Lounge by Jim Isermann, an environment resembling a 1960s living room; and Feral Fount by Gregory Barsamian, a stroboscopic zoetrope using 97 sculptures rotating on an armature to create a short animation.

Guided tours of Behind the Screen are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (60 mins.) and are free with Museum admission.

Live demonstrations of professional crafts are conducted every weekend in Behind the Screen:

Film Editing: Using a scene from the television series White Collar (2009-present), educators show how film editing works. Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays: 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, and 5:00 p.m.. Fridays: 6:30 p.m.

Kinetoscope: Visitors view a film on a replica of the first public movie-viewing machine, invented by Thomas Edison’s company. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 12:00, 1:30, 3.30, and 5:00 p.m. Fridays: 6:30 p.m.

Sound Editing: Visitors learn how the soundtrack for Titanic (1997) was designed and layered. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30 p.m. Fridays: 7:00 p.m.

The First Video Game: Educators walk visitors through the early history of video games, and visitors play a prototype for the first home video game system. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 1:30, 3:00, and 4:30 pm. Fridays: 6:00 p.m.

Additional Info

Subway: M, R to Steinway St; N, Q to 36th AveGet directions
$10, seniors and students $7.50, children 5–18 $5, members and children under 5 free; Fri 4pm–8pm free

Where:

Museum of the Moving Image

35 Avenue at 37 Street
Astoria, NY 11106
718 777 6888

http://www.movingimage.us/

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