Learning About the Production Process While Experiencing Movie Magic

- The German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum) Visit / Photo Report -

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In most film museums, visitors can experience the movie world via material installations that include props and wardrobe that were used for movie, an introduction of the cast, movie history and shooting equipment. Thus, learning about the actual process of movie production and techniques is rare.

The German Film Museum is located in Museumsufer, aka “Museum Riverbank,” close to the Main River. It is a 10-minute walk from Frankfurt Station. As the first film museum in Germany, it opened in 1984, and was rebuilt in 2011 with an elegant exterior and modern interior. Visitors can learn about the process of movie production from pre production to post production. The exhibition content is meaningful, especially for aspiring filmmakers.

On the third floor, where you will find the production process exhibit, you can learn about and experience what it’s like to be part of the movie process: acting, casting, wardrobe, production design, sound, shooting techniques, storyboards, lighting, chroma key, and even editing shots and montage. The highlight is a special movie viewed on the triple screen monitor in the center of the room. Along with each theme, it shows enormous large-scale famous scenes from international masterpieces, and the space has been designed to feel movie is great technology via the five sense in order to convey emotional experience.

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The Xenomorph costume from “Alien” welcomes visitors immediately upon entering the third floor
An exhibit of equipment used on set such as an early ARRIFLEX camera
A Darth Vader mask used during a stunt in “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope”
A system where visitors can experience Chroma key for themselves
A section where visitors can re-edit the sound mixing of a famous movie
Lighting is the most essential technique when shooting a movie. Visitors can experience the lighting of a famous scene by switching the touch panel themselves
Exhibit of an actual storyboard used in a famous movie
A storyboard showing shots from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” directed by Stanley KUBRICK
Visitors can choose shots from a wide variety of shots to see how things change during editing
An image movie that conveys the allure of movie production by showing visitors how skillful editing was used in famous scenes from different masterpieces
An explanation of motion picture techniques and equipment dealing with the history of pre-cinema on the second floor