Academy to Explore Advances in Filmmaking Technology and Aviation

"Hollywood Takes To The Air" will be hosted by Oscar winners Craig Barron and Ben Burtt.
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"Twelve O'Clock High"

Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt will examine side-by-side advances in filmmaking technology and aviation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' four-evening series, Hollywood Takes to the Air, beginning on Aug. 14.

The opening night session, named The Illusions of Flight: Behind the Scenes of Hollywood's Aviation Classics, will include film clips, newly unearthed stunt and crash footage and vintage sound recordings to show how capturing flight for motion pictures has evolved from open-cockpit camera work to CG techniques.

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Following will be screenings of aviation-themed films Lilac Time (1928), Twelve O'Clock High (1949) and The Right Stuff (1983) from Aug. 15 to 17. Airplane miniatures and other production materials from classic aviation films will be on display in the theater lobby throughout the weekend.

Barron won an Oscar for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and an additional nomination for Batman Returns, and has contributed VFX to more than 100 films, including The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Burtt — who created the "voices" of Star Wars' R2D2 and Wall-E's title character — won two special achievement awards at the Oscars for Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Oscars for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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