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Motion Picture Academy launches online database of production art

June 28, 2011 | 11:36 am

If you can't come to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library to do research on production design, the library's database can come to you.

On Tuesday, the academy announced the online launch of the Production Art Database.

The database is a trove of more than 5,300 items from the library's vast collections including costume and production design drawings, animation art, storyboards and paintings.Half of these records include images.

Among the highlights in the database are animation cels for the 1949 Oscar-winning Pepe Le Pew cartoon "For Scent-imental Reasons" and production designer Jeannine Oppewall's drawing of the Victory Motel for 1997's "L.A. Confidential."

-- Susan King

Photo: Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce in "L.A. Confidential." Photo: Peter Sorel