Sketches from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," Steven Spielberg's rough storyboards from "Poltergeist" and drawings from "The King's Speech" are now available to be viewed online courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which on Tuesday made the Production Art Database from its Margaret Herrick Library available online. Here are a few of the images from that database. (All artwork courtesy of AMPAS.)
Spielberg's Drawings, Hitchcock's Designs in Academy's Production Art Database (Slideshow)
A Hans Dreier drawing of a Paris street scene from the first Best Picture winner, "Wings"
An overhead shot of Bodega Bay from Hitchcock's "The Birds"; designer Robert Boyle, illustrator Albert Whitlock
Howard Greer's drawing of Kathlyn Williams' costume for "The Spanish Dancer," 1923
An "L.A. Confidential" drawing from production designer Jeannine Oppewall
Animation cell from Chuck Jones' 1949 Oscar-winning short "For Scent-imental Reasons"
Rough "Poltergeist" storyboards drawn by producer Steven Spielberg ...
... and more finished "Poltergeist" storyboards from illustrator Richard Lasley
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Steve Pond, author of the L.A. Times bestseller The Big Show, has been covering entertainment for more than two decades. He also writes on the awards circuit for TheWrap, in his column "The Odds."