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Stamps pay tribute to movie magicians

January 19, 2003

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Let's go behind the scenes to see how movies are made.

Now you can catch a glimpse of the multitalented efforts in miniature on new U.S. postage stamps. And that's entertainment from American filmmakers to the world.

To hail the 75th anniversary celebration of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a pane of 10 stamps of 37-cent denomination on Feb. 25.

The stamp pane is arranged to resemble two strips of film, with five images on each strip. The text on the back of each stamp describes the responsibilities, skills and talents of the people involved in one particular area of making motion pictures. Here's some of what you will see:

Art Direction -- Perry Ferguson completes a sketch of Kane Castle for "Citizen Kane" (1940); Cinematography -- Cameraman Paul Hill in action for "Nagana" (1933); Film Editing -- J. Watson Webb cuts film for "The Razor's Edge" (1946); Special Effects -- Mark Siegel makes a model for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1983); Sound -- Gary Summers creates the final mix for "E.T."; Screenwriting -- Dialogue for "Gone With the Wind" prepared by David O. Selznick (1939); Directing -- John Cassavetes directing "Husbands" in which he also starred (1970).

The Academy stamps and first-day covers will be available through the Stamp Fulfillment Services of the USPS by calling (800)-STAMP 24 before the release date of Feb. 25.

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