Friday Heirloom 84: Cap Sciences, Bordeaux

Friday Heirloom 84: Cap Sciences, Bordeaux

Check out the Highlights of January here

Curiosity is the first step towards respect, respect is the first step towards tolerance.

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Walking a few meters from La Cité du Vin, one can enter a big, comin’-out-of-the-river space: Cap Sciences. What exactly is Cap Sciences?

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Started with a spin, ended with a dance

Recalling San Francisco’s Exploratorium, Cap Sciences presents amazing exhibitions on scientific and technical subjects to the public. I was impressed by the many great reviews of Cap Sciences, although I’m not someone who usually reads them…

Anyway, now I know why this place is great. Let me tell you about my experience.

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Special Exhibit at Cap Sciences

I do not consider myself a “cinema” person. I haven’t seen most blockbusters and I’ve spent my childhood playing outside, rather than in front of a screen. So when my friend Mickaël suggested the exhibit on special effects at Cap Sciences, I hesitated.

Then, yesterday afternoon, off we went.

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What would cinema be without special effects?” is the question around the exhibition titled “Éffets Spéciaux” which is on at Cap Sciences until June 2019.

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Angela as a spitting-fire dragon

Equipped with a green bracelet allowing to register each “piece” of our experience, we were able to create our own movie during the time there. It was a great way to see what makes cinema magic! Now I really treasure my UGC Membership…

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Yes, visitors are able to direct their own movie and experiment with different special effects, such as “motion capture”. In one word: adventure! And each exhibit is explained in 3 languages: French, English and Italian.

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Cap Sciences, maybe more than some other museums, is for the curious. Their motto is: Curiosity is the first step towards respect. Respect is the first step towards tolerance. 

Here a few more shots from the exhibition “Éffets Spéciaux“.

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My friend Mickaël performing aerial acrobats

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Special effects accessories

My favorite part was when I was shown the nuts and bolts of movie make-up; make-up artists as well as other special effects professionals present their theories on a screen.

Rule n.1: Be Creative.

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Or when I was able to put on/take off additional part of this face (LOVED it):

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(As a side note, after Cap Sciences we went to the movies and watched Cyrano de Bergerac, whose nose I’ll always remember.)

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Photo Credit: SuperLucien

For more information on the wonderful Cap Sciences, make sure to check out the website here.

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