Academy to Spotlight Costume Design in the Digital Age

Beverly Hills, CA (RPRN) 04/15/09 – The opportunities and challenges facing motion picture costume designers working in the current era of digital technology will be explored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ program, “Costume Design in the Digital Age,” on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The evening will be hosted by Oscar®-nominated costume designer Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Academy Governor Bill Taylor.

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the program will feature a panel of costume designers, including Oscar nominees Jeffrey Kurland (“Hidalgo,” “Collateral,” “Bullets Over Broadway”) and Ruth Myers (“The Addams Family,” “Emma,” “The Golden Compass”) as well as Ellen Mirojnick (“Chaplin,” “Unfaithful,” “Cloverfield”) and Michael Wilkinson (“300,” “Rendition,” “Babel”). Joining the discussion will be cinematographer Daryn Okada (“The X-Files,” “Mean Girls,” “Apocalypto”) and color scientist Joshua Pines (“Titanic,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Aviator”), who won a Scientific and Technical Award for the design and development of the TDI process for creating archival separations from image data (shared with Chris Kutcka).CostumesdesignedbyCecil Beatonforthefilm

The evening also will feature special viewing hours (from 6 to 8 p.m. and following the screening) of the “Dressed in Color: The Costumes” exhibition. The exhibition, which examines the important aspects of costume design for color films from the 1940s through the 1960s, is on display through May 2.
Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures.

Tickets to “Costume Design in the Digital Age” are $5 each for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online at www.oscars.org. Doors open one hour prior to the event. All seating is unreserved. ( <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Cambria Math”; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1107304683 0 0 159 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073750139 0 0 159 0;} @font-face {font-family:Verdana; panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:536871559 0 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:””; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”,”serif”; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –> Caption: Costumes designed by Cecil Beaton for the film “My Fair Lady” (1964). Dress worn by Audrey Hepburn, left, and suit worn by Rex Harrison.Credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood.
For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

CONTACT: Teni Melidonian – (310) 247-3090 tmelidonian@oscars.org

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