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Unfinished Willis O’Brien Documentary

April 27, 2015

I was surprised to see this. I thought almost everything about stop motion’s past & early history has already been out there. Ahhh … but thanks to the information (& also mis-information) excess of the internet, the good & bad secrets ‘it’ exposes! ;) There are a few documentaries about Ray Harryhausen & also George Pal, and it is rare seeing this one about Willis O’Brien/Early history stop motion.

As with most contemporary ‘docu-drama’s’, this O’Brien documentary uses re-enactments via photos and actor’s voices playing Marcel Delgado, Merriam Cooper, etc. They use montage of photo’s of the period to create sense of ‘you were there’. Also, included, very brief test of an imagined re-creation of the ‘Lost Pit Spider scene’ executed by the veteran special FX & stop motion skilled artist, Jim Danforth. Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Ray Harryhausen, Forrest Ackerman make appearances in this UNfinished documentary. ¬†Running time is about 22 minutes.


Some months ago, SMW posted ….

King Kong (1933) Missing Scenes Re-creation

Topics: Animators, Biography-Books-History, Special Effects, Stop Motion | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Unfinished Willis O’Brien Documentary”

  1. StopmoNick says:

    Thanks for posting this Lionel! Great to finally see the bit that Jim had shot for the Spider Pit re-creation. I had seen a couple of photos of the pit he had dug in his back yard to shoot the live action elements, but never any of the footage.


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