Sunday, March 1, 2015

Black Hole 'The Black Hole' 1979 Movie Concept Art Part II Peter Ellenshaw's Artwork as Inspiration For Your Old School Science Fiction Campaigns

A look at the USS Cynus from the Black Hole from 1979 by Peter Ellenshaw. 

  Peter Ellenshaw is a legendary matte painter and special effects designers from England, whose work embodied so many Disney classics and productions.

 According to Wiki: 

William Samuel Cook "Peter" Ellenshaw (May 24, 1913 – February 12, 2007) was an English matte designer and special effects creator who worked on manyDisney features. Born in London, he moved to America in 1953.

His first worked in matte painting for producer Alexander Korda on such films as Things to Come (1936), and later on such Powell and Pressburger productions as Black Narcissus (1947) assisting his mentor W. (Walter) Percy Day. A few years later, while still based in Europe, he began to work for Hollywood studios. He worked for MGM on Quo Vadis (1951), but his most extensive association was with Walt Disney Studios beginning with their first completely live action feature film, Treasure Island (1950). He went on to work on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Mary Poppins (1964), for which he won an Academy Award. He retired after his work on The Black Hole (1979), but contributed matte paintings for Dick Tracy (1990). His son Harrison is also an Academy Award-winning effects designer.

After Peter Ellenshaw retired from the film business, he dedicated his life to his passion for fine art painting. Numerous works were created, of both Disney Fine Artand non-Disney themed subjects, which have been highly collected. He was named a Disney Legend in 1993

The artwork from the production represents a Seventies aesthetic of science fiction old school goodness that would come to be appreciated by a number of fans of the old cult Disney film. 

You can find even more wonderful artwork right over  HERE at Peter Ellenshaw official website.

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