Shanghai Film Prototype Exhibition: Your chance to buy a piece of Hollywood
Who needs summer movies when the real deal is on display right across the river? The recently opened Shanghai International Movie Prototype Arts Exhibition offers movie fans a chance to get up close to props from their favorite films -- without fear of the usual restraining orders.
Props on display until November 9 at the Shangbo Arts Gallery in Pudong include ones from “Pandora,” “Avatar,” “Spiderman” and the “Star Wars” trilogy.
The exhibition is being put together by Hong Kong director Tang Jili, celebrity and martial arts master Jackie Chan and Richard Taylor, CEO of Weta Workshop. Taylor, the lesser known of the three, has won five Oscars for special effects, costume design and make-up and is pulling from his experience in the industry to exhibit prototypes from movies including “Aliens,” “Avatar,” “King Kong,” “Spiderman,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Terminator.”
The props also provide a chance to show what “Made in China” can mean. Almost all the items on display were made in China’s Tianshan Workshop located in Dongguan, Guangdong Province.
To kick off the Shanghai International Movie Prototype Arts Exhibition, the hosts held a fundraiser that was packed with local and international stars, all bidding for some of the big name props, with the proceeds going to Chinese charities.
According to IMDB, Jackie Chan bid on (and won) five items that were up for auction, including a dinosaur model from "King Kong" donated by Taylor, which Chan reportedly spent RMB 500,000 on. All for a good cause, right?
Items will be on display at the Shanghai International Film Prototype Exhibition until November 9 and tickets to the show cost RMB 40 for students and RMB 80 for adults.
Shangbo Art Gallery
3539 Dongfang Lu, near Nan Mao Tou Lu