Emil Kosa Jr


Date of Birth 28 November 1903 , Paris, France
Date of Death 4 November 1968 , Los Angeles, California, USA
At 1933, he entered at Fox matte department under Fred Sersen supervision.Although he only started receiving credit in 1958, Emil Kosa Jr. was a matte artist at 20th Century-Fox for thirty-five years and was responsible for the painting of the famous 20th Century-Fox “searchlight” logo, a variation of which was originally done by Kosa in 1933 for 20th Century Pictures before they merged with Fox Film Corporation in 1935.With the introduction of CinemaScope the logo was altered, aslo by Kosa and was used till 1981.


Member of the National Academy of Design and the California and American Watercolor Societies. Son of Emil Kosa.

  Self portrait of matte painter Emil Kosa Jr.



- Star! (1968) (special photographic effects)

- The Sweet Ride (1968) (photographic effects)
- Bandolero! (1968) (special photographic effects)
- Planet of the Apes (1968) (special photographic effects)

One of the most famous images from the movie “planet of the apes” is this matte painting by Emile Kosa.

-The Flim Flam Man, (1967) (special photographic effects)
-The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) (special effects)
-A Guide for the Married Man (1967) (special effects)
-Caprice (1967) (special effects)
-In Like Flint (1967) (special photographic effects)
-Way… Way Out (1966) (special photographic effects)
-Stagecoach (1966) (special effects)
-Fantastic Voyage (1966) (special effects)
-Sand Pebbles (1966) (special photographic effects)
-The Sound of Music (1965) (special photographic effects)
-Von Ryan’s Express (1965) (special effects)
-John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965) (special effects)
-The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) (special photographic effects)
-Dear Brigitte (1965) (special effects)
-Morituri (1965)(special effects)
-Our Man Flint (1965) (special effects)
-Goodbye Charlie (1964) (special effects)
-Fate Is the Hunter (1964) (special effects)
-Shock Treatment (1964) (special photographic effects)
-Cleopatra(1963)(Special photographic effects)

-Take Her, She’s Mine (1963) (special camera effects)
-Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) (special photographic effects)
-Tender Is the Night (1962) (special effects)
-Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961) (special photographic effects)
-The Story of Ruth (1960) (special photographic effects)
-North to Alaska (1960) (special effects)
-Tender is the night(1961)(special effects)
-Voyage to the center of the earth (1959)(special photographic effects)
-The Gift of Love (1958) (special photographic effects)
-Rains of ranchipur(1955) (special effects)
-The robe (1953) (special effects)
-Hell of high waters(1954) (special effects)
-The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (effects team) (uncredited)
-Deep waters (1948) (matte art assist)
-The razors edge (1946)(matte art assist)
-Crash Dive(1943)(matte art assist)