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Breathtaking Views - Autumn Day By Peter Ellenshaw

Breathtaking Views - Autumn Day By Peter Ellenshaw (Drawing & Painting)

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William "Peter" Ellenshaw (May 24, 1913 (106 years ago) - Feb. 12, 2007 (12 years ago)) was an Anglo-American award-winning matte designer and special effects creator who worked on many Disney features.

His first major project was the 1936 (83 years ago) movie Things to Come. After World War II, he worked on movies like Quo Vadis until he was recruited by Walt Disney Studios to work on their first live action film, Treasure Island. He would go on to work on movies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mary Poppins, for which he won an Academy Award. He retired after doing The Black Hole in 1979 (40 years ago), but came back to do matte paintings for Dick Tracy in 1990 (29 years ago). His son Harrison is also an Academy Award-winning effects designer.

He was named a Disney Legend in 1993 (26 years ago).

After Peter Ellenshaw retired from the movie business, he dedicated his life to his passion for fine art painting. Numerous masterpieces were created, of both Disney Fine Art and non-Disney themed subjects, which have been highly collected and are considered extremely valuable.

Selected filmography

The Thief of Bagdad (1940, 79 years ago), assistant matte artist
A Matter of Life and Death (1946, 73 years ago), assistant matte artist
Black Narcissus (1947, 72 years ago), assistant matte artist
The Red Shoes (1948, 71 years ago), assistant matte artist
Treasure Island (1950, 69 years ago), matte artist
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954, 65 years ago), matte artist
Old Yeller (1957, 62 years ago), matte artist
Johnny Tremain (1957, 62 years ago), production designer
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959, 60 years ago), special effects
Pollyanna (1960, 59 years ago), matte artist
Swiss Family Robinson (1960, 59 years ago), matte artist
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961, 58 years ago), special effects
Mary Poppins (1964, 55 years ago), special effects (Academy Award winner)
The Love Bug (1969, 50 years ago), special effects
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971, 48 years ago), art direction (Academy Award nominee)
The Island at the Top of the World (1974, 45 years ago), special effects and production design (Academy Award nominee for the latter)
The Black Hole (1979, 40 years ago), miniature effects creator (Academy Award nominee for visual effects)
Dick Tracy (1990, 29 years ago), matte artist

Books

Peter Ellenshaw; Ellenshaw Under Glass - Going to the Matte for Disney
Mark Cotta Vaz; Craig Barron: The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting, Chronicle Books, 2002


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