Peter Ellenshaw

As the premier special effects artist for Walt Disney Studios for 30 years, Academy Award-winner Peter Ellenshaw made fantasy reality for kids of all ages. Mentored by effects pioneer W. Percy Day, Ellenshaw learned the ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1913 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Visual Effects & Animation (15)

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

miniature effects supervisor (Effects Supervisor)

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

miniature effects creator (Miniatures)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

matte artist (Matte Painter)

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

In Search of the Castaways 1962 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Kidnapped 1960 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

matte artist (Matte Painter)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

matte paintings (Matte Painter)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

matte artist (Matte Painter)

Tonka 1958 (Movie)

matte artist (Matte Painter)

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier 1955 (Movie)

matte artist (Matte Painter)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 (Movie)

matte artist (Matte Painter)

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue 1954 (Movie)

matte artist (Matte Painter)
Art Department (7)

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Island at the Top of the World 1973 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 (Movie)

(Art Director)

Johnny Tremain 1957 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Blackbeard's Ghost (Movie)

(Art Director)

The Story of Robin Hood (Movie)

(Matte Artist)

The Sword and the Rose (Movie)

(Matte Artist)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

The Love Bug 1968 (Movie)

special effects photography (Photography)

Darby O'Gill and the Little People 1959 (Movie)

special effects photography (Photography)
Executive (1)

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

matte painting supervisor(United Kingdom) (Supervisor)
Other (1)

Monkeys Go Home! 1967 (Movie)

matte effects (Other)

Biography

As the premier special effects artist for Walt Disney Studios for 30 years, Academy Award-winner Peter Ellenshaw made fantasy reality for kids of all ages. Mentored by effects pioneer W. Percy Day, Ellenshaw learned the visual trickery of matte painting on films like "Thief of Baghdad" (1940) and "Black Narcissus" (1947). Walt Disney asked Ellenshaw to produce visuals for his first live-action endeavor "Treasure Island" (1950) and the success of that film led to an almost exclusive working relationship with Disney, who quickly enlisted Ellenshaw's talents for the special effects extravaganza "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954). Following impressive work on features like "Swiss Family Robinson" (1960), he earned an Academy Award for his special effects work on "Mary Poppins" (1964) and picked up similar nominations for his contributions to "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971) and "The Island at the Top of the World" (1974). In a sort of symbolic passing of the torch to his son Harrison - an accomplished matte painter in his own right - the two collaborated on Disney's take on sci-fi adventure "The Black Hole" (1979). Not long after providing his services to the Warren Beatty adaptation of "Dick Tracy" (1990), Ellenshaw was honored as a Disney Legend in 1993. Although the technique he helped define was later replaced by digital technology and his seamlessly integrated visuals often went unnoticed by the public, the contributions of Ellenshaw and his contemporaries nonetheless remained shining examples of artistry and imagination, preserved on film for generations to come.

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