Petro Vlahos - Special Effects Innovator Petro Vlahos Dies

0
0

Petro Vlahos, the man behind the blue screen technology which helped to revolutionise the movie industry, has died at the age of 96.

The special effects innovator passed away on Sunday (10Feb13).

Vlahos invented the blue and green screen systems while working on Ben-Hur in 1959 - the technique allowed filmmakers to superimpose actors on a different background.

He also came up with a version of the sodium and colour-difference travelling matte systems, used in a string of films which mixed live action with animation, including Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and The Love Bug.

His special effects inventions were also used by Alfred Hitchcock in The Birds and Warren Beatty for DICk Tracy.

He won Oscars for his special effects achievements in 1964 and 1994, and was also awarded the Medal of Commendation and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Academy in the 1990s.


Contactmusic

Tags:

0
0
Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

'American Sniper' Is a Late Arrival to the Oscars Party

The heart-pounding teaser trailer for American Sniper had so much promise that perhaps a current...

'American Sniper' Is a Late Arrival to the Oscars Party

Mark Ronson - Daffodils ft. Kevin Parker Audio

Mark Ronson will finally unveil his fourth album 'Uptown Special' on January 26th 2015 through...

Mark Ronson - Daffodils (Audio) Video

'The Gambler' Is Not Worth the Risk on Christmas Day

Do yourself a favour and go watch American Sniper this festive season. Or Selma. Should you...

'The Gambler' Is Not Worth the Risk on Christmas Day

Bastille - Oblivion [Live]

Bastille perform their single 'Oblivion' live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta. The track followed Platinum...

Bastille - Oblivion [Live] Video

Clint Eastwood On Crucial Research For 'American Sniper'

Production for 'American Sniper' began back in May, 2012, after Warner Brothers acquired...

Clint Eastwood On Crucial Research For 'American Sniper'

James Corden to Receive OBE before Heading to America

James Corden, the comedian who rose to fame on the critically acclaimed comedy...

James Corden to Receive OBE before Heading to America

Unbroken's Release Mere Days Away, So What Are Critics Saying About Angelina Jolie's Beloved Zamperini Biopic?

The reviews are in for Unbroken and the film, directed by Academy Award...

Unbroken's Release Mere Days Away, So What Are Critics Saying About Angelina Jolie's Beloved Zamperini Biopic?

Theaters To Screen 'The Interview' as Sony Insists "We Did Not Cave"

After the news that several theaters in the U.S are to screen the controversial...

Theaters To Screen 'The Interview' as Sony Insists

Contactmusic.com's 10 Best Films of 2014

There was unexpected variety and diversity in cinemas this year, including some genre films that broke...

Contactmusic.com's 10 Best Films of 2014
Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All