Saturday, May 3, 2018
The Ellenshaw Effect: A Disney Legacy
1pm presentation
The Walt Disney Family Museum
San Francisco CA
Walt Disney was a pioneer of special effects, from his very early days experimenting with the Alice Comedies (1923–27) through breakthrough films like Mary Poppins (1964). While technology has greatly evolved since Walt’s time, visual effects artists of today continue to learn from the artists of earlier generations. Few can speak to this better than Harrison Ellenshaw, son of Peter Ellenshaw, one of Walt’s leading visual effects artists. Join Harrison as he discusses his own work with visual effects on films like Pete’s Dragon (1977) and Tron (1982) and his childhood memories growing up around Walt Disney himself.

Speaker: Harrison Ellenshaw, painter and visual effects artist.

Walt Disney and a young Harrison Ellenshaw on the Disneyland Railroad tracks during its construction in 1954.
  Harrison Ellenshaw's passion for filmmaking and art is reflected by the constant demand for his unique (and humorous) presentations at film festivals, seminars and special events worldwide. He has been invited to conduct master classes on painting and visual storytelling in Japan, Germany, Italy, England and New Zealand as well as at universities in the United States. With an over thirty year background in visual effects, producing, directing, editing and photography as well as fine art, Harrison has enjoyed a career experienced by very few others.

From the time Warren Beatty interrupted a meeting on Dick Tracy to note Harrison being "unzipped" to stories as diverse as sitting at the kitchen table in George Lucas’ Marin County home with Francis Coppola working on the script for Captain Eo and other stories about directing Walter Cronkite tap-dancing in a Tron landscape, Harrison’s insights are entertaining as well as inspiring.
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