Lord Jim (1965)

United Kingdom

Director: Richard Brooks
Cinematography: Freddie Young
Production Design: Geoffrey Drake
Director of photography second unit: Skeets Kelly
Camera operator second unit: John Grant
Special effects: Cliff Richardson
Visual effects: Wally Veevers
Matte painting / Scenic painting: Peter Melrose


Miniature work made under Wally Veevers supervision.

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Peter Melrose matte paintings.

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Two samples of Melrose Scenic paintings.

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Peter Melrose talked about  his work on Lord Jim at “Little shop of horrors” magazine.

“I met with Wally Veevers while working on a film at Shepperton Studios […] George Samuels and Albert Julion, two superb painters, had recently died. Wally asked me to come and paint the mattes for a film called LORD JIM (1965), and I accepted with some trepidation since the film, being shot in 65mm Ultra Panavision, called for some very exacting work. The first matte I had to paint for LORD JIM was, in fact, the opening shot. It depicted a coast guard tower in the Hong Kong harbour, but it wasn’t quite as straightforward as that since a lot of work on the background to eliminate modern looking buildings was required also. When it was shown at rushes (or dailies as you say), Freddie Young, the lighting cameraman on the film, was heard to say ‘I don’t remember shooting that building’. Wally was delighted that even the DOP hadn’t recognized the shot as a painting, and so, of course, I was in!”