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The Academy to Explore the Technology of Stunts

The Academy explores the technology of stunts with Real to Reel: The Art of Action, hosted by Stunt Coordinator Garrett Warren, on Friday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore how stunt artists utilize emerging technologies to bring previously impossible stunts to the screen in “Real to Reel: The Art of Action” on Friday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

With Panelists Writer-Director Shane Black (Iron Man 3), Stunt Coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Iron Man 3), Visual Effects Supervisor Erik Nash (Iron Man 3, Real Steel), Animatronic Supervisor John Rosengrant (Real Steel), Editor Zach Staenberg (The Matrix) and Visual Effects Supervisor Christopher Townsend (Iron Man 3).

Moving image storytelling remains a fundamentally collaborative art form, and developments in science and technology continue to impact every aspect of the moviemaking process, including stunts. “Real to Reel” explores how stunt artists collaborate with creative teams and utilize emerging technologies to help create complex movie stunts that would have never before been possible.

Using scenes from films including The Matrix (1999), Transformers (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Real Steel (2011), Warrior (2011), Skyfall (2012), The Master (2012) and Iron Man 3 (2013), “Real to Reel” will illustrate how technology is expanding cinematic possibilities for stunt artists. The night will include live demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage and conversations with some of the films' creative teams, who will discuss how scenes were created.

Host Garrett Warren was a martial artist before launching his on-screen career. He has served as stunt coordinator on such features as Beowulf (2007), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Avatar (2009), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Real Steel (2011) and Lincoln (2012). He has also worked as a second unit director on titles such as Larry Crowne (2011), Limitless (2011) and Here Comes the Boom (2012). Most recently, he was the stunt coordinator and second unit director on the upcoming films Ender's Game and Divergent. He is currently working on the sequel to Avatar.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Kick Ass! Kung Fu Posters from the Stephen Chin Collection.” Special viewing hours after the program. Tickets can be ordered online.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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