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Site Name: DreamWorks’ Animation, The Exhibition.

Location: Te Papa Museum, 55 Cable St, Wellington.

Date Visited: 13/03/16

DreamWorks’ Animation, The Exhibition, is an exhibition held at Te Papa that displays over 400 items which include, concept drawings, sculptures, interactive activities, interviews, and artworks. The exhibition is held for audiences of all ages and provides a behind the scenes understanding of everyone’s favourite films.

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Fig. 1. DreamWorks’ Animation, The Exhibition. Personal photograph by Kate Arbuckle. 13 Mar 2016.

As you enter the DreamWorks’ exhibition you are greeted with framed illustrations, bright yellow walls, and the sounds of excited children and DreamWorks’ films. The lighting is very dim, creating a relaxing and calm atmosphere whilst highlighting the fine details of sculptures and artworks. A variety of display methods have been used within the exhibition. These display methods include frames, glass cabinets, canvases, and film projection.

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Fig. 2. DreamWorks’ Animation, The Exhibition. Personal photograph by Kate Arbuckle. 13 Mar 2016.

Unlike standard art exhibitions where the audience stands back and admire the works, the public was able to interact with the creative processes. There were multiple interactive stations where the public could create their own characters or alter the colour and lighting components of scenes from films. These stations were hugely popular amongst young children.

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Fig. 3. Face Poser, DreamWorks’ Animation, The Exhibition. Personal photograph by Kate Arbuckle. 13 Mar 2016.

The exhibition had been organised into different spaces, adding to the excitement. The spaces were categorised by film and display methods. For example, the first zone as you enter the exhibition consists of framed sketches from the Kung Fu Panda films. The second zone is solely dedicated to the viewing of interviews on a large projection screen, accompanied by comfy bean bags and couches, creating a relaxing mood.

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Fig. 4. Selfie, DreamWorks’ Animation, The Exhibition. Personal photograph captured by Kate Arbuckle. 13 Mar 2016.

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