Fox Archives: Behind-the-scenes photography from ‘Avatar,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!,’ ‘Moon Over Miami’ and more

Fox Archives: Behind-the-scenes photography from ‘Avatar,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!,’ ‘Moon Over Miami’ and more

Heritage

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.

Since I started working at Fox, just a hair over eight years ago, I started a little folder of my favorite photographs, showcasing the work that goes into creating the visual effects, or "movie magic," we get to experience as an audience. Below are a few of my all-time favorites, in chronological order.

Behind-the-scenes photography from the Fox Archives

“The Sky Hawk” (1930): The caption on the back of this photograph reads, "Photo shows predatory Zeppelin hovering over a darkened London as search-lights scour skies for her. Not an actual war-time scene, but a faithful reproduction in miniature of the British metropolis, built at an estimated expense of $200,000 for the Fox-Movietone epic of English aviation in the world-war, 'The Sky Hawk.' Setting for the huge miniature is giant dirigible hangar at Arcadia, California, U.S.A."

“The Sky Hawk” (1930): The caption on the back of this photograph reads, "Photo shows predatory Zeppelin hovering over a darkened London as search-lights scour skies for her. Not an actual war-time scene, but a faithful reproduction in miniature of the British metropolis, built at an estimated expense of $200,000 for the Fox-Movietone epic of English aviation in the world-war, 'The Sky Hawk.' Setting for the huge miniature is giant dirigible hangar at Arcadia, California, U.S.A."

The Fox Archives is mandated to collect, catalog, preserve and make accessible the following assets of the 20th Century Fox studios: props, set decoration, photographs, art department and publicity materials from our film and television productions, and from the 20th Century Fox studio itself. We work primarily with internal Fox groups but also from time to time with outside organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.