Esme Perry-Trueheart

Esme Perry-Trueheart

Senior Archivist
Fox Archives

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Behind-the-scenes photography offers a unique perspective; not only is one able to see the inner workings of filmmaking but, sometimes, one is able to see a more candid side to the individuals who grace the big screen.

Who doesn't love a party? After all the holiday and New Year’s Eve parties, it seems fitting to share a few favorite photographs from the Archives’ “Company History: Events” collection.

Seasonal photographs are rare and fun finds in in the Fox Archives. These holiday photographs are part of the Starhead collection (a sub-collection of the Fox Archives photography collection), which consists of portraits and candid moments of Fox employees when the star system was in place.

The Starhead collection is a small portion of the Fox Archive’s larger photograph collection. It consists of portraits and candid images of employees (i.e., actors, actresses, writers, directors, production executives, etc.) who were contracted by Fox when the star system was in place.

In honor of Halloween, below are a few photographs from the Fox Archives of famous film heads showcasing the art of film makeup and prosthetics from 20th Century Fox Film and Fox Searchlight Pictures titles.

The Fox Newman Scoring Stage, named after famed composer and Fox Music Director from 1939 to 1959 Alfred Newman, was constructed in 1928. It was designed by C.H. Muldorfer and built by George E. Miller before being converted to a scoring stage in 1936. During the past 81 years, a number of films and television series have been scored here.

Though rarely used today, slant boards (also known as leaning boards) were commonly found on movie sets. They were designed to allow reclining without wrinkling neatly pressed costumes, reclining when the costume was too snug for the actor to sit or reclining when the immense weight of the costume limited mobility.

Adam West, notably known for his role as the titular character Batman (the film was produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox Film in 1966), created a formidable connection with his fan base, nationally and internationally. In homage to Adam, who will forever be a pop culture icon and hero, we are sharing a few of our favorite photographs of him with his ever-dedicated fans.

He is and will be greatly missed.

While the film experienced a few production challenges, some of the most spectacular sets were created for “Cleopatra,” which premiered in New York City on June 12, 1963.

FX’s new show “FEUD: Bette and Joan,” premiering Sunday, March 5, will tell the story of the rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon). In light of the show, we thought it would be fascinating to look back at some photography from the set of “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” which was distributed by 20th Century Fox Film in 1964.

Today, Oct. 28, is the 88th anniversary of the dedication ceremony for the Los Angeles Fox Studio lot. Below are aerial photographs of the lot, also known as Movietone City, showing how it has transformed over the decades.

I love behind-the-scenes photography. The Fox Archives has gorgeous portraits, scene stills and Fox lot photography, but the photographs that depict what happens off camera are my personal favorite.

In memory of Gene Wilder, known for making us laugh, I'm sharing a few of my favorite photographs of him breaking character and having a few laughs of his own on the set of “Young Frankenstein,” distributed by 20th Century Fox Film in 1974.

As part of the Fox Archives’ Notable Title project, I am currently processing (organizing, rehousing and cataloging) the film “In Old Chicago,” which was produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox Film in 1938. Here are some photos from the planning and creation of the premiere at the Four Star Theatre in Los Angeles.

In the days leading up to the 88th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, we’ll take a look at our rich Academy Award history by sharing from our 20th Century Fox Archives. Here are a few of my favorite ensembles.

In the days leading up to the 88th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, we’ll take a look at our rich Academy Award history by sharing from our 20th Century Fox Archives. Here's Yul Brynner with his Best Actor award for his role as King Mongkut of Siam in “The King and I” in 1956.

In the weeks leading up to the 88th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, we’ll take a look at our rich Academy Award history by sharing from our 20th Century Fox Archives. Here's Kim Hunter and Buck Kartalian on the studio set of “Planet of the Apes."

In the weeks leading up to the 88th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, we’ll take a look at our rich Academy Award history by sharing from our 20th Century Fox Archives. Here's Paul Newman and Robert Redford on the set of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."