Hollywood Takes to the Air
Behind the Scenes of Hollywood's Aviation Classics
Special guests: Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
From the late 1920s through the 1950s, Hollywood produced many great aviation-themed classics, including Best Picture winner Wings (1927), Hell’s Angels (1930), The Dawn Patrol (1930), The Lost Squadron (1932), Flying Tigers (1942), Air Force (1943), Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1944), Twelve O’Clock High (1949) and Chain Lightning (1950).
In those early days, stunt pilots flew their planes into the ground, intrepid cameramen filmed from open cockpits, special effects artists rigged full-scale and miniature planes for thrills and spills, and unique mechanical and optical technology was invented to create the illusion of flying. In later decades, Battle of Britain (1969), The Right Stuff (1983) and Top Gun (1986) built upon the original technical legacy, while recent films such as The Aviator (2004), Amelia (2009) and Red Tails (2012) have created similar flying action using completely new techniques.
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.
- Thursday, August 14 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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