SPECIAL EFFECTS

The interactive exhibition for movie fans

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Film studio
medien.welten (media.worlds)

Run: 18 October 2019 to 5 July 2020

From 18 October 2019 movies and movie making will be the main focus with the Special Effects exhibition.

Ever wondered how special effects are planned and how various illusions are created? And what’s behind it all in terms of both technology and budget? What sort of professions are involved? How are decisions made when it comes to choosing the right effects? And when did special effects first start wowing cinema audiences?

In the movie industry there are no limits to the imagination when it comes to bringing stories to the big screen, right from the early days of cinema. So many stories could not have been made without the use of special effects; after all, special effects are designed to plunge audiences into a fantasy world. They are essential when it comes to fabricating imaginary creatures and locations - but they also trigger our emotions, scaring us and thrilling us in equal measure.

Alongside a rich and varied accompanying programme, the exhibition also features various topics guaranteed to delight cinema lovers, movie buffs, and anyone keen to find out more about the world of movies,

SPECIAL EFFECTS exhibition, Level 3

Across some 700 m² of exhibition space the interactive SPECIAL EFFECTS exhibition from the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie looks at movie special effects from their very beginnings with Georges Méliès right through to today’s blockbusters. We take a look behind the scenes, from pre-production to the actual cinema screening and, at the same time, find out a great deal about how special effects were developed and deployed. To complement the exhibition, the Museum has also set up a multimedia installation entitled ‘Special Effects History’.
An interactive exhibition experience on the exciting adventure world of the movies awaits!

Your own personal trailer:
Before you access the film set, you’ll be given your own personal accreditation number (either on a bracelet or a QR code on your smartphone) and asked to scan the number to activate it. Your visit to the exhibition is then guaranteed to be a very personal experience.
Save your productions during the exhibition and, when your visit comes to an end, you’ll receive your very own personal trailer, shot by you. You can also download it at home using your bracelet or QR code. And, of course, it’s always good to share!

Film Studio Workshop Area, Level 3

A 150 m² film studio set up specially for this main topic provides school groups, families and other interested groups with a studio setting for joint workshops to experiment with and discuss the impact of special effects.

media.worlds exhibition, Level 4

The media.worlds exhibition area takes a historical look at how movie technology has evolved and the first films ever screened, with a guided tour offering a more in-depth approach to the topic.

A 150 m² film studio set up specially for this main topic provides school groups, families and other interested groups with a studio setting for joint workshops to experiment with and discuss the impact of special effects.

Fancy filming your own rear projection? Or suspending the forces of gravity? Or suddenly turning into a dwarf or experiencing the impact of various film soundtracks?
At our film studio it’s all possible as part of various workshops. We have created four separate film sets so groups can literally take a peek behind the scenes and get creative. Short scenes are filmed as part of the workshop to experiment with the various special effects, after which the full impact of the edit can be discussed as a group.

And... action!

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