Walter Pery Day


 W. Percy Day was born on September 19, 1878 in Luton, England. Day was hired by Ideal Films in Borehamwood, near Elstree, in 1919. Here he was initiated into the art of visual effects techniques, first mastering the glass shot and the Hall process. As luck would have it, at the time Day joined the Elstree studios, the British movie industry was suffering an eclipse. The French film industry, on the other hand, was booming which encouraged Day to emigrate there, in 1922.
In 1932, Pop Day returned to England, moving into a cottage in the village of Iver (Buckinghamshire), near the Elstree studios.From 1936, Day directed the matte department at Denham Studios, the state-of-the art studio founded by Korda.Poppa Day remained at Denham Studios until 1946, when he joined Korda at Shepperton Studios as Director of Special Effects. He  retired officially in 1954 at the age seventy-six but continued to work in an advisory capacity for the studios.

Step father of Peter Ellenshaw.
Father of Arthur George Day and Thomas Sydney Day.

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Storm in a Teacup-Percy Day

Percy Day and a young Perter Ellenshaw working on a painting for Storm on a teacup (1937)


The Wild Heart (1952) (special effects)
Outcast of the Islands (1952) (special effects)
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) (special effects)
The Mudlark (1950) (special effects)
Gone to Earth (1950) (process shots)
The Black Rose (1950) (special effects)
The Elusive Pimpernel (1950) (special photographic effects)
The Third Man (1949) (matte painter) (uncredited)
The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949) (matte painter)
Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) (matte painter)
The Red Shoes (1948) (matte artist) (uncredited)
The Fallen Idol (1948) (special effects)
The Winslow Boy (1948) (special effects)
Anna Karenina (1948) (special effects)
Mine Own Executioner (1947) (process shots)
An Ideal Husband (1947) (special effects)
Black Narcissus (1947) (special effects)

Panique (1947) (special effects) (as Percy Day)
Black Narcissus (1947) (matte painter)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (additional effects) (as Percy Day)
Men of Two Worlds (1946) (matte painter)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) (matte painter)
‘I Know Where I’m Going!’ (1945) (matte painter)
Perfect Strangers (1945) (special effects) (as Percy Day)
This Happy Breed (1944) (special effects) (as Percy Day)
The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944) (matte painter)
A Canterbury Tale (1944) (special effects: models) (uncredited)
The Demi-Paradise (1943) (matte painter) (uncredited)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) (process shots)
Secret Mission (1942) (special effects)
In Which We Serve (1942) (matte painter)
How Green Was My Valley (1941) (matte painter)
Major Barbara (1941) (matte painter)
The First of the Few (1942) (background artist)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) (associate art director) (matte painter)
Jamaica Inn (1939) (matte painter) (uncredited)
The Four Feathers (1939) (matte painter)
Wuthering Heights (1939) (matte painter) (uncredited)
Sixty Glorious Years (1938) (matte painter)
The Drum (1938) (matte painter)
Victoria the Great (1937) (matte painter)
Knight Without Armour (1937) (matte painter) (uncredited)
Elephant Boy (1937) (matte painter)
Storm in a Teacup (1937) (matte painter) (uncredited)
Fire Over England (1937) (matte painter) (uncredited)
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) (matte painter)
Rembrandt (1936) (matte painter)
Things to Come (1936) (matte painter) (uncredited)

A Tale of Two Cities (1935) (matte painter) (uncredited)
The Ghost Goes West (1935) (matte painter) (uncredited)
Scrooge (1935) (matte painter) (uncredited)
Sanders of the River (1935) (matte painter)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) (matte painter) (uncredited)
The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) (matte painter)
Fin du monde, La (1931) (matte painter)
Bodega, La (1930) (matte painter)
Au bonheur des dames (1930) (matte painter)
Roi des aulnes, Le (1930) (matte painter)
Merveilleuse vie de Jeanne d’Arc, La (1929) (matte painter)
Maman Colibri (1929) (matte painter)
Divine croisière, La (1929) (matte painter)
Verdun, visions d’histoire (1929) (matte painter)
Vie miraculeuse de Thérèse Martin, La (1929) (matte painter)
Cagliostro (1929) (model maker)
Tourbillon de Paris, Le (1928) (matte painter)
Martyre de Sainte-Maxence, Le (1928) (matte painter)
Vivre (1928) (matte painter)
The Ring (1927) (matte painter) (uncredited)
Joueur d’échecs, Le (1927) (special effects)
Napoléon (1927) (matte painter)
Croquette (1927) (matte painter)
Mystère de la tour Eiffel, Le (1927) (matte painter)
Michel Strogoff (1926) (matte painter)
Nana (1926) (matte painter)
Homme à l’Hispano, L’ (1926) (matte painter)
Bossu, Le (1925) (matte painter)
Flamme, La (1925) (matte painter)
Terre promise, La (1925) (matte painter)
Arriviste, L’ (1924) (matte painter)
Opprimés, Les (1923) (matte painter)