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Academy Museum to open in late 2019 with Miyazaki retrospective, exhibits on Alien, Tron, Planet of the Apes

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Dec 5, 2018

With the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures finally set to open its doors in "late 2019," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed to potential visitors what they can expect. Once open, the new museum celebrating the history and future of cinema and displaying props from such classic sci-fi films as Alien, Tron and Planet of the Apes will feature a retrospective of the works of Hayao Miyazaki, director of such classic animated films as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and Howl's Moving Castle.

The Miyazaki exhibition will show visitors original production materials from Studio Ghibli’s archives and present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments. A catalogue, film series, and public events will accompany the presentation.

Another exhibition will be Making of: The Wizard of Oz, featuring elements that contributed to creating the classic 1939 film. Visitors will be able to explore the process of the film's creation, from the script to production design drawings and sketches, costumes, and hair and makeup tests to the final versions of the characters themselves.

The Oz installation will be part of the museum's long-term exhibit Where Dreams Are Made, which will cover more than 30,000 square feet on two floors.

The museum has also replicated the Stargate Corridor sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to serve as a bridge between two exhibition halls.So, it's clearly got more than enough goodies for sci-fi film buffs to enjoy.

Film props and memorabilia on display include the last remaining shark model from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (as part of the above-mentioned Making Of installation), the blue warrior costume from Tron, masks from Planet of the Apes, that bear mask from Kubrick's The Shining (seriously), and the creature head H.R. Giger designed for Alien

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 

“We want the Academy Museum to add to the public’s understanding of the evolution of the art and science of filmmaking around the world — to increase appreciation for this great art form and encourage people to examine the role of movies in society,” said Museum director Kerry Brougher in a statement. “At the same time, we want to bring to life the most important reason of all for caring about the movies — because they’re magic.”

The L.A.-based museum will also feature storyboards, production notes, 62,000 pieces of production art, 12 million photos, 80,000 screenplays and 55,000 posters.

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