Hein Heckroth, [The Red Shoes, Storyboard from “The Ballet of the Red Shoes” sequence [15-I]], 1948. Edward Carrick Papers, 20.41, Harry Ransom Center.
Alfred Junge, [Calling Bulldog Drummond, concept art], 1951. Alfred Junge papers, FF5, Harry Ransom Center.
Salvador Dalí and William Cameron Menzies, [Spellbound, storyboard for the dream sequence], 1945. David O. Selznick Collection, 11C, Harry Ransom Center.
William Cameron Menzies, [The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, storyboard for the cave sequence], 1938. David O. Selznick Collection, FF, Harry Ransom Center.
Ned Scott, [Spellbound, Photograph of Alfred Hitchcock], 1945. David O. Selznick Collection, 4385.5, Harry Ransom Center.
Drawing the Motion Picture
Production Art and Storyboards
January 28, 2023 – July 16, 2023
Explore the beauty and complexity of moviemaking through sketches, storyboards, and designs that illuminate the production of motion pictures from the silent film era to today in this new exhibition from the Harry Ransom Center. Rare concept sketches, set designs, storyboards, scripts, film stills, correspondence, and more tell a visual story of the production of your favorite films, bringing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the creative process of filmmaking.
Behind-the-scenes stories of some of the biggest films in more than 100 years of cinema history are revealed through the artworks and designs that shaped their final form. See production art associated with iconic movies like Rebel Without a Cause, Raging Bull, Top Gun, Apollo 13, and Lawrence of Arabia, many often connected with innovative directors like Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Mike Nichols, Michael Powell, Nicholas Ray, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, King Vidor, and more.
This exhibition draws from the Center’s archival film holdings and is for film lovers and those who want to learn more about the most memorable scenes in classic films through an array of archival objects—many never before seen in an exhibition.
Any views, findings, recommendations or conclusions expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.