This post was updated on August 28, 2014.
Science Friday recently partnered with KPCC
and Southern California Public Radio for a special live event that explored the science behind movie magic. The show took place at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium
on Wednesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Watch a video of the live production below:
Highlights of the show:
Veteran animator Tom Sito
explained how scientists and engineers kickstarted animation’s CGI revolution
actor Stephen Lang
and USC computer graphics expert Paul Debevec
debated how far CGI technology can go
Film and T.V. writers Scott Z. Burns
, An Inconvenient Truth
), Zoanne Clack
), and Eric Kaplan
(The Big Bang Theory
) discussed how they balance science and storytelling
Caltech physicist Sean Carroll
shared his experience consulting on Hollywood blockbusters
KPCC science correspondent Sanden Totten
explored how Hollywood sci-fi can lead to real-life technological solutions
Plus, Sean Carroll and Ira challenged two teams of brainiacs to a game of movie science fact vs. fiction. And, we took a tour of a science prop shop packed with Tesla coils, knife switches, and brain stimulators.
Thanks to everyone who came!