Willis O´Brien

The master of stop-motion animation Willis O´Brien, out of economic necessity, made matte paintings at some moments of his career for RKO and Paramount during the fourties.

This self-portrait in the make-up of Rembrandt is the last known picture of O´Brien. It was made as agift to Don Weed of Films Effects Studio, Hollywood, during the trick work and animation for ” It´s amad, mad, mad, mad world”.


Two matte paintings for “Going my way”

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Paintings  and matte effects for The dancing pirate.

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Matte painter filmography:

- The dancing Pirate(1936)(matte effects supervisor)
- Going my way (1942)
- The bells of St. Mary´s(1945)
- The miracle of the bells (1948)