Celebrate the Magic of Filmmaking with the TIFF Picture Palace

On March 2, 2019, the Toronto International Film Festival invites you to celebrate the magic of filmmaking with the TIFF Picture Palace. Curated by TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey, the TIFF Picture Palace is the successor to TIFF’s interactive DigiPlayspace exhibitions children, with this new exhibition aiming towards on older crowd of 14 years or older.

Trying out the TIFF Picture Palace’s ADR booth

While previewing the exhibition, I was immediately drawn towards a sound booth, which allows you to record either ADR or narration for a provided film clip. A nearby area allowed me try my hand at recording foley sound effects, which is a much more difficult task than you might expect.

The camera dolly at the TIFF Picture Palace

One of the centerpieces of the TIFF Picture Palace is a professional camera on a dolly track, which you are to use to record people sitting on a pair of nearby chairs, with the live footage available on a nearby television screen. You can sit in front of a camera and try to recreate shots from famous movies or learn how to do a Bollywood dance.

The live street view in the TIFF Picture Palace’s cinema

The TIFF Picture Palace also has its own mini-cinema, which shows you a live King Street feed, with various shapes edited into you. You can also enter into a nearby room and see how various forms of lighting changes the mood of a scene.

Photo from the TIFF Picture Palace’s photobooth

Rounding off the things to do in the TIFF Picture Palace is the photobooth, which allows you have a photo taken of yourself, with option to add various filters, before getting the final photo e-mailed to you.

Overall, the TIFF Picture Palace is a fun exploration of the magic of filmmaking and it’s recommended that you check it out while it’s running at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from March 2 to July 28, 2019.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).