Friday, August 9, 2013

A Visit to the Museum of the Moving Image

Back in 2011, I went on a field trip while attending the Delaware College of Art and Design.  This field trip was to Astoria in Queens, over in New York City, to see the Museum of the Moving Image.  The museum covers anything that has to do with moving art, from installation pieces to the movies.  The latter was what brought us there.  On view was an ongoing exhibit called Behind the Screen which covered motion pictures in all aspects of it's history, from zoetropes to television.  Needless to say, I had my trusty camera on hand and took plenty of pictures from the spectacular exhibit:

Above are Technicolor (left) and Mitchell (right) cameras.  The Mitchell had the film running horizontally past the aperture, since it was used to shoot films in "Vista Vision", this gave a bit more detail to images.  Hitchcock used this for many of his films later in his career.  The Technicolor camera used three separate strips of color film, exposed simultaneously using a prism to get images with unbridled hues.

The Innards of the Technicolor camera.  (The red and yellow strips are visible)

This is an Arriflex 35mm camera, which was the camera of choice for Stanley Kubrick for many years.  

An exciting feature at the exhibit was this section of the model of the Tyrell Pyramid from Blade Runner (1982).
 It was used for close ups of the pyramid.
 The landing platform where the Spinners landed.  
The windows here were achieved by placing the detail over the transparent frame, painting over everything and then the paint would be scraped away in certain areas to allow light to shine through.

Original Ape makeup for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

 There was also a surprising amount of Star Trek merchandise there, including these very rare figures and plush dolls from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

There was also some very cool publicity materials, here from the poster for Bwana Devil (1952), one of the first 3D movies and a publicity book for The Red Shoes (1948).

And then, I came upon an added surprise:

 There were vintage arcade games!  The above game, Space War was seen in Soylent Green (1973), though not that specific cabinet.  There was also Asteroids, Donkey Kong and Tron!


The museum itself has a very cool, modern design to it.  I highly recommend a visit there as there's much more to it than I could cover in this article.  They host regular film screenings there as well as other film related events.  Their website can be found here.  Fans of Breaking Bad should take note, also, that an exhibit covering the show is taking place there now until October 27th.  It's your last chance to see Walter White's underwear up close and personal!  

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