Category Archives: Oz Events

Oz in the News 2.2.17

elements-of-ozElements of Oz: Producing Live Video and Interactive Theater “One of the initial inspirations for the app was creating an analog for the escapist nature of “Oz” in the devices we carry with us to escape reality on a daily basis. We also were interested in what the contemporary equivalent of Technicolor would be — and that’s where we think AR fit. The app has two basic modes — one for outside the show, and one for during the performance. If the user isn’t at the show, it provides some information about the show and has some basic AR effects — a storm (to precede the cyclone) and a few simple target-based augmentations that can be used with images from the original book’s illustrations. Once the audience comes to the show, we switch the phones into what we called “active” mode, which allowed us to trigger events based on the action on stage. The phones were connected to a single cueing server on the network, which allowed us to synchronize the behavior for the entire audience. At various times, we’d play video (like our “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” YouTube chorus) and audio clips or send text and images. In several key scenes, we would trigger augmented reality scenes, layering over the view of the stage with CG elements, like a tornado, blossoming poppies, flying monkeys, etc. It allowed us to create visual elements all around the viewer, too, not just between the viewer and the performers.”

The wizard of Emerald City “I was filming Magnificent 7 and I heard that Tarsem was doing Emerald City and was going to direct all ten episodes. So I asked right away: “Is The Wizard cast?”  They said “no” and so I immediately called my agent. ‘Get Tarsem on the phone. I want to play to The Wizard. If he’ll let me, I want to play it.’”

Musical wizard Todrick Hall heads to Oz Broadway star and newly minted RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Todrick Hall is heading to Australia with his Straight Outta Oz tour this June. Don’t miss this incredible talent at The Astor Theatre on Thursday 1st June. Tickets on sale from Tuesday 7th February at wearenice.com.au

Lions And Tigers And Bears? Meh. These 5 Scenes From ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Are Still Creepy The Wizard of Oz has been a personal film favorite since I first saw it at the age of four. It is absolutely timeless, one hell of a production, and it still blows my mind to think that this movie came out in 1939. It’s the weird and #scary scenes that always intrigued me the most, along with the fantastic set pieces, storytelling, singing and dancing. But there are five #WizardofOz scenes in particular that are most memorable because of the oddness and fear they induced.

Oz in the News 1.16.17

cd3c5709e42c0ecf‘Wizard of Oz’ ice sculptures mark Somerset streets for Fire & Ice Festival The annual Fire & Ice Festival brought Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witch of the West and the rest of the “Wizard of Oz” crew to the streets of Somerset in southwestern Pennsylvania. This year’s theme is “There’s no place like Somerset,” which draws on the Frank L. Baum classic and adds some local flair. The festival began Friday and continues through Sunday. It includes live ice-carving demonstrations, food trucks, fire pits and more than 35 sculptures on display along Main Street and Centre Avenue.

‘Emerald City’ Recap: Dorothy Poses as the Mistress of the East On this episode of Emerald City, “Mistress-New-Mistress,” Dorothy learns that the Wizard wants to kill her and devises an alternate plan for returning home. Tip and Jack also head to the city of Ev and the Wizard learns when The Beast will return to Oz.

Survey ranks the 25 most rewatchable films of all time FiveThirtyEight compiled a survey with just over 1,000 respondents – 1,169, to be precise – of their most rewatched films of all time. No surprises, of course, that Star Wars came out on top with a total of 98 people clocking Star Wars in the No.1 spot. The Wizard Of Oz, meanwhile, came in at No.2 whilst The Sound Of Music was No.3. The data, when broken down by gender, is slightly less surprising. Star Wars was considered the No.1 most rewatchable film by men, whilst women counted The Wizard Of Oz as their No.1. In fact, 51 women counted Wizard Of Oz as their all-time rewatchable film compared to 66 men, who counted Star Wars as theirs.

Oz in the News 1.14.17

woozyDorothy in a leisure suit? KC’s Toys and Miniatures museum explores the world of Oz The folks at Kansas City’s National Museum of Toys and Miniatures want you to ease on down the road to their renovated digs and get to know “Oz” in a new way. “Wizard of Oz” collectors from around the country have donated costumes, replica ruby slippers, soaps, party masks, valentines, clothing hangers — an entire exhibit’s worth of eye candy for “Oz” fans. And of course there are “Oz” dolls and hand puppets and play sets and other toys because — well, it’s a toy museum.“ Because our focus is on toys or miniatures, we decided that we wanted to look at the way that this novel influenced toy production,” said Laura Taylor, the museum’s curator of interpretation. “And so, although not everything we have in the exhibit is toy-related, we wanted to include things that kind of fleshed it out and gave people a bigger story.” “Over the Rainbow: Toys From the Land of Oz,” opening Saturday, is a kid-in-a-candy-store treat for fans of the “Oz” story in all its iterations. Halloween costumes based on “The Wiz,” for instance, were rare because of the red tape involved with anything having to do with Michael Jackson, who played the Scarecrow in the 1978 movie musical. But one of those “Wiz” Halloween costumes has found its way here. We hear that one museum staff member, a fan of the 1985 Disney fantasy-adventure “Return to Oz,” nearly fainted when the stunning Princess Mombi costume from the movie arrived. Most of the items displayed belong to Kansas City’s own “Oz” superfan, Jane Albright, who asked about 20 fellow members of the International Oz Club to loan one-of-a-kind pieces from their private collections. (By “superfan,” we mean a woman who moved into a bigger home two doors away so she could pull her overflow memorabilia out from closets and under beds and display everything properly — on the entire third floor.)

New Lucas Museum to Feature ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ Memorabilia George Lucas has finally found a home for the planned $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The museum board of directors recently announced that Los Angeles was selected — over San Francisco — to house the planned museum. The Lucas museum will be built in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles. It will feature memorabilia from “Star Wars” and “The Wizard of Oz,” as well as fine art and popular art. It will include narrative paintings, comic art, illustration, photography and other media. Lucas’ own personal art collection — including works from Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Norman Rockwell — will also be featured. Lucas is financing the museum himself. He’s been working on the museum project for nearly a decade.

Oz in the News 12.31.16

5659bbcb2d2e8a22Late Night in the Emerald City honoring Marcia Conwill With the glorious spectacle of Carnival, New Orleanians are often hard to impress, as our ability to throw a party is renowned. Now one more can be added to the list of the city’s legendary parties: Late Night in the Emerald City honoring Marcia Conwill. A creative statement was initially set with the invitation designed by Scriptura: a tornado of party information in gold foil set upon a Kansas farm scene, and a yellow house, floating separately in the emerald green envelope, which had a liner illustrating the Emerald City. The yellow house was the reply card, and on the other side was the information highlighted by a pair of red shoes. However, it wasn’t until party guests got to the Sugar Mill on the evening of Dec. 23 that they saw the vision: a modern re-telling of the Wizard in Oz in New Orleans. Upon arrival, guests began the evening in “Kansas” surrounded by cornstalks (and served champagne), but what truly astounded guests was the re-creation of the Conwill home. It wasn’t just the facade: when guests walked in, they realized the living room and library of the house had been recreated using the Conwills actual furnishings and art — original interior designer Sam Blount was flown in from New York make sure the rooms were exact, down to the last throw pillow. (Possibly giving a new meaning to Dorothy’s quote: “There’s no place like home.”) It wasn’t until moving towards the back door that guests saw a giant pair of red shoes positioned to look like the house had fallen on them.

Tarsem Singh is the wizard behind NBC’s ‘Emerald City,’ a modern take on ‘Wizard of Oz’ Tarsem saw the 1939 film just three years ago and says that he enjoyed the experience and described it “like a Hindi movie, incredibly kitschy and wonderful.” But his true inspiration came from the darker world of Baum’s source material and the “Emerald City” scripts (which originated with former show runner Josh Friedman). Tarsem confided to Cassidy that he’s often sent “crappy” scripts, because some believe he can make them look pretty. This wasn’t the case with “Emerald City.” Cassidy said the director loved the scripts and the characters, but wanted to take the visuals in a different direction. Tarsem’s lack of television experience did make for some awkward —  albeit humorous — exchanges. “Halfway through the thing he came to David and I on the set and said, ‘I just learned this new word, show runner, what is the show runner?’ David and I looked at each other and then I said, ‘I think that’s us.’

Oz in the News 12.20.16

ozrun1OZ 5K Run – CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) The Oz Run is a unique, fun and challenging 5K Run/Walk and Half Marathon. Organizer Tess Morgan joined Tyler Mickelson to talk about the event. She says they offer an experience like no other that people of all fitness levels will enjoy!  Fans of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will enjoy the Oz inspired decorations and beautiful scenery in Irvine Park. Emerald City awaits triumphant finishers; they’ll celebrate with music, food and drink. Munchkin Land for the kids has a petting zoo, face painting, and games. Awards will be given for the fastest runners and winners of the Oz themed costume contest!

Oz in the News 10.27.16

yip_harburg_ca-_1950E.Y. Yip Harburg: Blacklisted Left Wing Songwriter  Arthur Freed was a songwriter and aspiring producer with MGM studios. After the success of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Freed lobbied MGM to produce a similar movie based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He made sure Judy Garland got the role of Dorothy. On May 19, 1938 Arlen and Harburg signed a contract with MGM to write the songs for The Wizard of Oz for $25,000. Although Freed was far to his right politically, he allowed Harburg to make the Munchkins members in good standing of a labor union! Harburg had much to do with the seamless integration of songs and plot. In three weeks he and Arlen had written “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead,” “We’re off to see the Wizard,” and “If I Only Had a Brain/ a Heart/ the Nerve.” They had written all the songs for the movie in just a few weeks leaving two months to come up with the final composition, a ballad for Judy Garland. Judy’s attitude towards songwriters had been made clear when Irving Berlin tried to tell her how to sing one of his songs in another movie. She told him, “You write ’em; I’ll sing ’em.”

The Man Behind the Curtain: The Creation of the Land of Oz The Onondaga Historical Association will host a one man performance of THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN, written and performed by J.D. Newman. The play follows of the creation of THE LAND OF OZ and the memorable characters Dorothy, the Scare Crow, the Tin Man, the Lion, and Toto as originally conceived by author L. Frank Baum. The piece also details the personal journey of Baum, a native New Yorker and author, as he finds his way in the world, receives encouragement from his mother-in-law, suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage, and enjoys commercial success with “THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.” The performance will be on Saturday, October 29th, at 1:00pm at OHA’s Auditorium at 321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY and will last approximately 90 minutes.

‘Wizard of Oz’ Halloween houses amaze in Snohomish A Highlands East cul-de-sac recreated the ‘Wizard of Oz’ in Halloween houses to support the Snohomish County Food Bank. Residents go all out on decorations, starting with the Kansas farmhouse in black and white and ending with home sweet home and a hot air balloon. Visitors take a complete tour of the classic 1930s movie. They have Munchkinland, poppy fields, a witch’s castle – even a moving tornado. The decorations are on display now, and neighbors will dress up as the Wizard of Oz characters on Halloween night. Last year, crowds topped 1,000 people.

Oz in the News 10.18.16

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Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter for “The Wizard of Oz”’s Ruby Slippers Conservation The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is heading down the Yellow Brick Road on a Kickstarter campaign to fund the conservation and display of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, made famous by the official landmark 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The Ruby Slippers have become one of the most iconic artifacts in film history and one of the most asked about objects at the Smithsonian. They have been on view at the museum for three decades, and as a Smithsonian cornerstone, they are deserving of special care and attention as a beloved icon to so many. Launching Oct. 17, the museum’s Kickstarter goal is $300,000. The funds will be used for immediate conservation care and a new, state-of-the-art display case designed to protect them from environmental harm and slow their deterioration. Future plans call for the Ruby Slippers to move into a new exhibition on American popular culture, scheduled to open in 2018. A successful campaign will ensure that millions more people can enjoy the Ruby Slippers for many generations to come. The public can back the project on the Kickstarter page,si.edu/kickstarter, and can follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #KeepThemRuby. The campaign ends Nov. 16.

Ruby Slipper Rescue! Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter to Help Restore, Conserve Famed Shoes Movie props generally aren’t made to last past the end of filming, the Smithsonian’s Kickstarter says. Now the red shoes are fading, and some of the threads holding the once-glittering sequins have broken. Urging donors to #KeepThemRuby, the campaign page explains that the money raised will be used not just to restore the ruby slippers, but also to protect them from future environmental harm. They’ll be conserved in a state-of-the-art display case to slow deterioration. While the Smithsonian is federally funded, federal appropriations provide funding only for the Smithsonian’s operating budget and to “support core functions, such as building operations and maintenance, and safeguarding the collection,” according to the Kickstarter page. The Kickstarter will be live for just 30 days. The deadline is in place to ensure the slippers will be ready to be displayed in the new multimedia exhibition titled “On With the Show” in 2018, according to the site.