Sci-Tech Council Programming
Discover the fascinating science and technology behind moviemaking, from the earliest cinematic experiments to the latest cutting-edge digital processes and equipment. The Science & Technology Council's Public Programs and Education Subcommittee presents intriguing events and exhibitions to teach industry professionals and the general public about how technology serves the art of motion pictures.
"Like Magic" explored cinema's roots in stage magic and sleight of hand.
A look at how emerging technologies can influence the craft of screenwriting.
A look at breakthrough visual effects work that went into crafting the film "Life of Pi."
A cross-disciplinary look at the constantly evolving craft of visual effects.
A LACMA Exhibition Film Series featuring Academy Film Archive prints of two Saul Bass films.
A special screening of "Jurassic Park" in 3D and an onstage discussion with crew members.
Rob Hummel and Craig Barron explore the widescreen VistaVision format.
Craig Barron and Ben Burtt discuss special effects and sound design secrets.
A 20th anniversary screening of Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning film.
A 30th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg's classic film.
The Innovative Genius of Jerry Lewis.
The science behind superhero movies with host Adam Weiner and the films' creative teams.
A special evening of space exploration with NASA and the Academy.
A special gala evening of film clips, stories and personal remembrances of motion picture legend Gene Kelly.
An in-depth look at the evolution of motion picture projection, exploring advances from early cinema through digital technology.
Chris Newman and Tom Fleischman demonstrated how the raw tracks recorded on set become the finished soundtrack.
Craig Barron and Ben Burtt hosted an evening exploring the technology behind a beloved holiday classic
Adam Weiner hosted an evening that examined the "real" physics behind many of your favorite science fiction films.
This special evening celebrated the life and accomplishments of Takuo "Tak" Miyagishima, one of the most esteemed design engineers in the motion picture industry.
An evening celebrating the technology behind this 1956 sci-fi classic, hosted by Oscar winners Craig Barron and Ben Burtt.
A 30th anniversary screening featuring an onstage discussion with members of the film's crew.
Exploring how current skills and techniques of cinematographers have evolved from traditional methodologies used when working with celluloid film.
An onstage conversation with experimental filmmaker and optical effects artist Pat O'Neill.
Exploring some of the secrets behind the making of "Tarzan and His Mate"(1934) and "Tarzan Finds a Son!"(1939).
Writer-director-producer Jerry Zucker hosted an evening exploring what could be in the future for motion pictures. The program examined topics ranging from artificial intelligence to performance capture, 3D and non-traditional theatrical venues.
Previsualization (previs) in the digital age is an evolving pre-production process that incorporates 3D animation tools and virtual environments, enabling filmmakers to fully explore their creative visions by creating visual references for complicated film shots and sequences long before production begins.
Special effects makeup artist and on-set animatronic effects supervisor Shane Mahan took the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn stage to host an evening exploring the evolution of creature technology in feature films and the role it plays in shaping monster movies.
A week-long celebration of the technology behind "Tarzan" with screenings and a temporary display highlighting the production methods used to create the classic film series.
This three-part program starts with a night analyzing famous scenes from "space" movies, followed by a Friday screening of Fritz Lang's 1929 silent epic "Woman in the Moon" and a Saturday screening at the Silent Movie Theatre of "Project Apollo" and "For All Mankind."
A three-part program exploring 3D techniques for animated and live action movies.
Cinematographer Daryn Okada and panelists representing several filmmaking disciplines discussed the challenges and advantages of solid state lighting, a new type of light source with the potential to alter how movies are made and seen.
Cast and crew members from "Avatar" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" discussed how acting has been impacted by performance-capture technology, digital doubles, digital makeup, photorealism, image manipulation and other developments.
A 20th anniversary screening of John McTiernan's Cold War thriller, featuring a newly struck 35mm print and an onstage discussion with members of the film's crew.
In commemoration of what would have been Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s 100th birthday, Oscar-winning visual effects artist Craig Barron led an examination of the innovative photographic and sound effects used in creating 1937's "The Prisoner of Zenda."
The extraordinary role sound plays in shaping horror films will be showcased through film clips, demonstrations and discussion, including a behind-the-scenes look at how the sound effects for “Poltergeist” were created.
Could a bus really jump over a 50-foot gap in the highway? Would Spider-Man survive an 80-story plummet without so much as a broken bone? Why did the Titanic actually sink? Adam Weiner hosted an interactive evening that examined the “real” physics behind many of your favorite action, science fiction and superhero films.
“Astronaut as Filmmaker” explored the close-knit relationship between NASA and motion pictures. The presentation featured astronauts, including Commander Scott Altman, who recently returned from the STS-125 shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. They talked about the challenges and revelations of filming in outer space.
Hosted by costume designer and historian Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis and visual effects supervisor and cinematographer Bill Taylor, this program featured a panel of costume designers, who discussed the challenges of designing for digital technology, and where costume design may be headed.