ACMI is all about promoting the 'moving image' - it is a unique organisation which celebrates film, animation, television and video-games, and with the permanent exhibition Screen Worlds The Story of Film, Television & Digital Culture, which was opened by Cate Blanchett in September 2009, ACMI has collated some unexpected historic artefacts in Australian 'moving image' culture.
The first thing you must know about ACMI, is they encourage visitors to interact with the displays (respectfully of-course). Unlike other exhibition spaces, in which visitors aren't allowed to touch the displays or even point at the displays, ACMI want's visitors to become 'part' of the exhibition. Here is a rundown of some of the popular attractions at Screen Worlds, which allow visitors to participate in the 'moving image.'
Remember the 'bullet time' sequence in The Matrix (1999);
Well, you can perform the stunt yourself - on a platform in which you are surrounded by 36 cameras, and you have the chance to keep the footage too! On this platform, which has 'Matrix digital rain' as a backdrop, you can do as you please; perhaps stage a fight scene with a couple of friends, or maybe do a solo 'moonwalk' - it's entirely up to you!
Who doesn't like Zoetropes! View the remarkable optical illusion of a special Zoetrope, starring the characters of TY the Tasmanian Tiger at Screen Worlds. As the strobe lights flicker, see the characters suddenly change from still statues, to fully animated characters. Impressive!
Video Games Culture
Now this place out to make you feel nostalgic - the Games Lab at Screen Worlds, features 14 classic games, which you can play on the original consoles - you can play as a single player, or team up as a duo or a group of four. This section of the exhibition is reminiscent of the 2008 Game OnACMI exhibition. The legendary games include;
Sonic the Hedgehog
Pong vs. Tennis
Pong vs. Tennis is a special installation, commissioned by ACMI, it allows two individuals to play a video game with a difference; it's PONG vs. Wii Tennis and player one has the old style 'paddle' controller and player two has the modern fully motion sensitive wireless controller! Game On!
History of Film and Television
Cinema is to be discovered at Screen Worlds also; first and foremost take a glance at the 1896 Lumiere Cinematographe camera/projector, also there is an interactive locations map - where you can pin-point the actual Aussie filming locations of some of your favourite cinematic scenes, there is also a collection of iconic costumes and props from feature film productions such as Mad Max (2003), Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Ned Kelly (2003), as well as a collection of Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, AFI Awards and Logies and memorabilia from Cate Blanchett, Rolf de Heer, Christopher Doyle, David Gulpilil, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, George Miller and Tracey Moffat.
Television highlights include the the 'Rocket Clock', and 'Humpty' and 'Jemima' from Play School, Dexter the Robot from Perfect Match and the 'censor's horn' from In Melbourne Tonight. There are also two installations worth checking out, first is Philip Worthington's interactive Shadow Monsters;
Secondly, Anthony McCall's You and I, Horizontal (II), which is a 3-D light sculpture;
The 'Wilhelm Scream' is a sound effect which is present in hundreds of feature films and television shows, and today even in video games. Discover this unique and versatile sound effect at Screen Worlds through various feature film and television scenes.
Above, are just some of the highlights of this free exhibition (there are 220 displays), including a section dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content.