THE WIZARD OF MGM: MEMOIRS OF A. ARNOLD GILLESPIE, ART DIRECTOR/HEAD OF SPECIAL EFFECTS FROM 1924-1965 by A. Arnold Gillespie

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"Every art has its stars. Buddy Gillespie’s star shone brightly in the Hollywood motion picture industry for more than four decades as a creator of dramatic, eye-popping visual effects for Hollywood’s major motion pictures.


A master of both art and technology, he served as head of special effects on more than 180 major feature films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, endowing their stories and adventures with unforgettable images that enhanced and supported their dramatic impact. For his work in these cinematic milestones he was rewarded with twelve Academy award nominations and four Oscars.
 
This very readable and richly illustrated set of memoirs chronicles the life and work of one of Hollywood’s most distinguished filmmakers, describing his career in detail and revealing the complex techniques with which he achieved his results."

Dr. Raymond Fielding, Dean Emeritus
College of Motion Picture Arts
Florida State University

"A fascinating read." - www.examiner.com

Contains Mr. Gillespie, Art Director and Head of Special Effects at MGM Studios from 1924-1965 career memories - Think of Forbidden Planet, Wizard of Oz, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, Tarzan and you've seen his pioneering work all accomplished without today's CGI effects on hundreds of MGM features. Mr. Gillespies memoirs are illustrated with hundreds of photographs in this historic work of the Golden Age of Hollywood at it's largest Dream Factory in this 384 page book.

With an introduction by Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

Review by Leonard Maltin

Article from Turner Classic Movies

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