Gunga Din (1939) – How Did They Do That?

“Gunga Din” (1939) – How did they do that?

Presented as an installment of the George Stevens Lecture Series

A presentation of the full-length feature film followed by a special sound effects demonstration by Oscar®-winning sound designer Ben Burtt and a visual effects presentation by Oscar-winning visual effects artist Craig Barron.

“Gunga Din” (117 mins.) with Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Fontaine. One of 1939’s most entertaining films, George Stevens’s action adventure has served as inspiration for dozens of later films. 

Academy Award® winners Ben Burtt and Craig Barron set the stage with an insightful journey through the “1939 state-of-the-art” filmmaking used to create this classic back when CG meant Cary Grant. This partial examination of the film’s sound effects and visual effects reflected the continued admiration Burtt and Barron feel for the film, and the inspiration it provided for their work on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and other films. Their love for the film was also reflected in a photographic location quest which reveals that the film’s exotic panoramas of India were artfully created in Lone Pine, CA.

Ben Burtt has received four Academy Awards for his sound effects editing on “Star Wars” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989).  He was most recently nominated for sound editing and sound mixing on “WALL-E” (2008).

Craig Barron won an Oscar for the visual effects of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) and was nominated for his work on “Batman Returns” (1992). He serves as a governor of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch.

Event Information

When
Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Where
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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