For anyone who has very little idea what goes into the making of a movie, this museum would be a great way to learn. It’s got a lot of hands-on exhibits. Even though I’ve been behind the scenes, I still found myself caught up in their displays. I got to play with a working Zoetrope, one of the early precursors of movies. And I got to try my hand at doing some ADR (automatic dialogue replacement), aka dubbing – recording my voice over Dorothy’s in a scene from The Wizard of Oz. That was fun! I also finally learned how they do live “editing” of television, on the fly, as the action occurs. They had a display showing the TV reporting for a baseball game, and how the director calls the instructions to get ready and then switch from camera 1 to 6 to 10, etc., as he’s watching the feeds from all of them simultaneously. It was mind-boggling how much rapid mental processing that must require.
They also had an exhibit called "How Cats Took Over the Internet" which was a purrfect way to end my visit.
In the afternoon we both went to see a matinee of “The Walk” (directed by Robert Zemeckis) at Kaufman Astoria 14, a multiplex theatre right near Kaufman Astoria studios (“the Hollywood of the East Coast”) and the Museum of the Moving Image which I’d seen earlier today. It was exceedingly disappointing. I much preferred “Man on Wire” – the 2008 documentary which tells the same story (of Philippe Petit, the high-wire artist who covertly set up and walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974). I have no idea why they felt the story needed to be retold as a drama. I won’t bore you with my critique, but Sarah and I spent all of dinner picking apart the film’s weaknesses. We had dinner at a nearby Pizzeria Uno’s, the celebrated Chicago Deep Dish pizza place. It was yummy. There was a PaintNite event going on at a group of tables near us, which was interesting to observe. I’d heard about those before but have never participated in one.