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The Illusions of Flight

Special guests:
CRAIG BARRON has contributed visual effects to more than 100 films including The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Hugo. He earned an Oscar® nomination for his work on Batman Returns and received an Oscar for Visual Effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

BEN BURTT’s first two Oscars® were Special Achievement Awards for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices featured in Star Wars and for Sound Effects Editing for Raiders of the Lost Ark. He has since earned Oscars for his work on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and nominations for Return of the Jedi, Willow and WALL-E, among others.

The movies have long been obsessed with flight, but in the age of digital visual effects, audiences are becoming increasingly distanced from real-life aviation action. Absent is imagery captured as a result of real flying, dynamics caused by gravity and illumination from actual sunlight. Instead, most aviation action today is accomplished using greenscreen, CGI and digital processing techniques. Join Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt as they explore the love affair between cinema and aviation, and how technology has affected the depiction of man-made flight.

The Academy's four-night celebration of cinema and aviation continues with a display featuring production materials from classic Hollywood aviation films, including several airplane miniatures used to create aerial illusions as well as the highly mobile motion picture cameras used to capture them, with short introduction about the making of the films by hosts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt.

Illusions of Flight
Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 pm

Sonny Tufts in the RKO prop shop, 1943.

Using newly unearthed stunt and crash footage collected by pioneering stunt pilot Dick Grace, along with Warner Bros. and MGM outtakes and vintage sound recordings, Craig Barron and Ben Burtt will relate the story of those early stunt fliers and filmmakers in ways never heard or seen before.   More

Lilac Time
Friday, August 15 at 7:00 pm

Gary Cooper and Colleen Moore in a scene from LILAC TIME, 1928.

With live musical accompaniment by Jon Mirsalis, featuring brief Vitaphone track where it survives. Based on the play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin, this silent romantic war story takes place during World War I, when a young British aviator falls in love with a farmer's daughter while stationed with his squadron in France.   More

Twelve O'Clock High
Saturday, August 16 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Peck in TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH, 1949.

Based on the true story of the 306th Bombardment Group of the Eighth Air Force, Twelve O'Clock High offers a dramatic glimpse of the group of aviators who flew daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and occupied France during the early days of American involvement in World War II.   More

The Right Stuff
Sunday, August 17 at 7:00 pm

Dennis Quaid in THE RIGHT STUFF, 1983.

Based on Tom Wolfe's bestselling book, director Philip Kaufman's four-time Oscar-winning film follows the history of the military's aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base, led by Chuck Yeager, and the struggles of the seven test pilots selected to be the astronauts of Project Mercury, the first attempt at manned spaceflight by the United States.   More


Event Information

August 14 – 17 at 7:00 pm
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street

$5 general admission
$3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students with a valid ID.

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