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Academy Exhibit Celebrates the Crew


More than 115 images shot on the sets of such films as Raging Bull, Munich, You, Me & Dupree, Rendition, Salt and Superman Returns will be on display in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new exhibition, “Crew Call 2011: Celebrating the Crafts,” opening Sept. 9, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery. The exhibition, open to the public, will run through Dec. 18. Admission is free.

Shot by 25 members of the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers, “Crew Call 2011” will include photographs depicting the work of numerous, and essential, below-the-line craftspeople on a movie set, from animal wranglers, puppeteers, makeup artists, seamstresses, stunt performers and prop masters to grips, gaffers and P.A.s. Several images show how production design and visual effects departments work preparing sets and staging action sequences, and provide glimpses of how the magic of the movies is achieved during long days and nights of shooting.

“Crew Call 2011: Celebrating the Crafts” features photographs from Karen Ballard, Claudette Barius, Ron Batzdorff, Phil Bray, Andrew Cooper, François Duhamel, Sam Emerson, Anthony Friedkin, Melinda Sue Gordon, Brian Hamill, Suzanne Hanover, Kerry Hayes, David James, Douglas Kirkland, Rolf Konow, Jay Maidment, Frank Masi, Melissa Moseley, Macall Polay, Andrew Schwartz, David Strick, Suzanne Tenner, Jaimie Trueblood, Merie Weismiller Wallace and Barry Wetcher.

The Society’s previous exhibitions, “Between Takes” and “Take 2” were on display at the Academy in 2000 and 2005.

The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m.

Exhibit Highlights

Photo by Rolf Konow. Puppeteers at work on the film Seed of Chucky. Courtesy of Rogue Pictures, 2004.

Photo by David James. From the film Superman Returns. Courtesy of Warner Bros., 2006.

Photo by Melissa Moseley. Special effects technician, Darrell Burgess soaking Owen Wilson. From the film You, Me & Dupree. Courtesy of Universal Pictures, 2005.

Photo by Phil Bray. Electric Raft from the film Yogi Bear 3D. Courtesy of Warner Bros., 2010.

Photo by Brian Hamill. From the film Raging Bull. Courtesy of United Artists, 1979.
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