Willis O'Brien

Special effects artist, Cartoonist, Sculptor
Former marble-cutter and cartoonist who began using stop-motion photography to make short films, often featuring models of dinosaurs, in the early teens. O'Brien's efforts attracted the attention of the Edison company ... Read more »
Born: 03/01/1886 in Oakland, California, USA

Filmography

Visual Effects & Animation (3)

Mighty Joe Young (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Son of Kong (Movie)

(Special Effects)

The Last Days of Pompeii (Movie)

(Special Effects)
Physical Effects (1)

The Puppetoon Movie 1987 (Movie)

Puppetoon creative artist(USA) (Puppets Design)
Writer (1)

El Monstrud de la Montana Huela 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

Former marble-cutter and cartoonist who began using stop-motion photography to make short films, often featuring models of dinosaurs, in the early teens. O'Brien's efforts attracted the attention of the Edison company, for whom he made ten five-minute shorts on Stone Age subjects before applying his talents to feature films in the 20s. O'Brien pioneered the use of rubber, rather than clay, models, an innovation that first reached the screen in "The Lost World" (1925). Other outstanding examples of O'Brien's work include the oversized apes of "King Kong" (1933) and "Mighty Joe Young" (1949).

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