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Peter Ellenshaw

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Also Known As: Died: February 12, 2007
Born: May 24, 1913 Cause of Death: age-related complications
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Visual Effects ...


Director (feature film)

In Search of the Castaways (1962) as Dir of Peter Ellenshaw unit and special effects unit
The Grant children _know_ their shipwrecked father must still be alive. Didn't he send them a message in a bottle? They search, through earthquake, fire, flood, and cannibal tribe.
The Light in the Forest (1958) as 2nd Unit Director
A young white boy, raised by Native Americans, is forced to return to white society following the signing of a peace treaty.

Art Director (feature film)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) as Art Director
An apprentice witch and three war orphans try to prevent the Nazi invasion of England.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) as Spec art styling
An Irishman enlists help from the king of the leprechauns to secure his daughter''''s future.
Johnny Tremain (1957) as Production Design
After injuring his hand, a silversmith''s apprentice joins the fight for American independence.

Visual Effects (feature film)

The Black Hole (1979) as Miniature Effects Creator
Researchers discover a lost space ship on the edge of a black hole.
The Black Hole (1979) as Miniature Effects Supervisor
Researchers discover a lost space ship on the edge of a black hole.
The Love Bug (1969) as Special Photography Effects
A Volkswagen with a brain becomes a championship racecar.
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) as Matte artist
In this comedy, Peter Ustinov is the famous pirate's ghost that returns to our time. Blackbeard has been cursed by his last wife who was a notorious witch, so that he will never die. The only way to "break" the curse is to do (for once in his life) a good act. Is the famous pirate able to do something good?
Monkeys, Go Home! (1967) as Matte eff
Henry Dussard (Dean Jones), a young American, inherits a picturesque but badly neglected olive farm in southern France and is determined to make it operational again despite cautionary advice from the local priest (Maurice Chevalier) and a pretty villager (Yvette Mimieux). Desperate for laborers, the inventive Dussard turns to the zaniest crew of olive pickers ever recruited - four mischievous monkeys! As former members of an Air Force space team, these intelligent chimps quickly pick up on their new responsibilities - but prove to have a turbulent effect on the local townspeople.
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) as Matte artist
The Gnome-Mobile (1967) as Matte artist
An eccentric millionaire and his niece and nephew are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes! He's committed, and the niece and nephew and the gnomes have to find him and free him.
The Happiest Millionaire (1967) as Special Effects
A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the unusual antics of her father--especially since the nice young men around town all fear him. Wouldn't you fear a father-in-law that keeps alligators for pets and teaches boxing at his daily Bible classes? Cordelia decides to run off to boarding school and promptly finds the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, his family doesn't approve of Biddle's outrageous antics, either. A Disney musical punctuated by snappy songs and an energetic debut by Tommy Steele. This is reportedly one of the last live- action films Walt Disney personally oversaw.
The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966) as Special Photography Effects
British colonists kidnap a rebel Irish prince.
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U. S. N. (1966) as Hairstyles
A Navy pilot bails out over a deserted island he transforms into a private tropical paradise.
Mary Poppins (1964) as Special Effects
Two banker's children lose their nanny due to her frustration with them. A change in the wind blows in an assertive nanny who matches the qualifications of the children and not the father. As she helps them magically explore the world around them the father grows increasingly disapproving of her methods, and must eventually deal with his own distance from his children.
Summer Magic (1963) as Special Photography Effects
Disney musical about Mother Carey, a Bostonian widow and her three children who move to Maine. Postmaster Osh Popham helps them move into a run-down old house and fixes it up for them. It's not entirely uninhabited, though; the owner, a Mr. Hamilton, is a mysterious character away in Europe, but Osh assures them he won't mind their living there, since he won't be coming home for a long time yet. The children and a cousin who comes to live with them have various adventures before an unexpected visitor shows up.
Son of Flubber (1963) as Special Effects
An absent-minded professor gets into legal trouble because of his experiments with a gravity defying substance.
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) as Special Effects
A college professor fights off corrupt businessmen to market his new anti-gravity invention.
Toby Tyler (1960) as Matte artist
Kidnapped (1960) as Special Photography Effects
Kidnapped and cheated out of his inheritance, young David Balfour falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck Stewart. Falsely accused of murder, they must flee across the Highlands, evading the redcoats.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960) as Matte artist
Stranded on a deserted island, a close-knit family creates a tropical paradise.
Pollyanna (1960) as Matte artist
An orphan's relentless optimism changes lives in a sleepy small town.
Third Man on the Mountain (1959) as Matte artist
A boy attempts to realize his father''''s dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) as Special Photography Effects
An Irishman enlists help from the king of the leprechauns to secure his daughter''''s future.
The Light in the Forest (1958) as Matte eff
A young white boy, raised by Native Americans, is forced to return to white society following the signing of a peace treaty.
Tonka (1958) as Matte artist
In Dakota territory in the 1870s, White Bull, a young Sioux, proves his manhood by catching and training a wild colt he names Tonka. When a cruel cousin claims the horse as the privilege of rank, White Bull lets Tonka go. The horse ends up in the hands of a captain in the US cavalry about the time that Sitting Bull gathers the tribes to confront the growing US presence, epitomized by the bigoted General Custer. All paths, including those of White Bull and Tonka, lead to the confluence of the Little and Big Horn rivers.
Old Yeller (1958) as Matte artist
A frontier boy develops close ties with a yellow dog.
Perri (1957) as Spec art eff
A true life tale of a female squirrel named Perri living among the dangers of the forest.
Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956) as Matte artist
The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) as Matte artist
A Union spy tries to destroy the Confederacy''s rail system.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) as Matte artist
A renegade sea captain uses a pioneering submarine to force peace on the world.
Rob Roy the Highland Rogue (1954) as Matte artist
After the 1715 defeat of the clans, one of the highland leaders, Rob Roy MacGregor escapes, has lots of adventures, gets married, and eventually becomes enough of a nuisance to George I to be outlawed, and hunted by the English.
The Sword and the Rose (1953) as Matte eff
Tells the story of Mary Tudor and her troubled path to true love. Henry VIII, for political reasons, determines to wed her to the King of France. She tries to flee to America with her love but is captured when she is "un-hatted" on board ship. In return for her consent to the marriage with France, Henry agrees to let her choose her second husband. When King Louis of France dies, Mary is kidnaped by the Duke of Buckingham. He tries to force her to marry him but she is rescued by her love in an exciting battle on the beach.
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952) as Matte artist
Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes up the life of an outlaw, gathering together his band of merry men with him in Sherwood Forest, to avenge his father's death and to help the people of the land that Prince John are over taxing.
Treasure Island (1950) as Matte artist
A young boy and a pirate clash over buried treasure.

Art Department (feature film)

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955) as Matte Artist
Legends and myths from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett.

Production Designer (feature film)

The Black Hole (1979) as Production Designer
Researchers discover a lost space ship on the edge of a black hole.
Island at the Top of the World, The (1974) as Production Designer
An explorer discovers a tribe of Vikings forgotten by time.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Never a Dull Moment (1968) as Artists
When practicing for a role, actor Jack is mistaken for the killer Ace. He doesn't realize this until it's too late and is carried off to gangster boss Leo Smooth, who wants Ace to do a job for him. Fearing for his life, Jack plays his role, but always searching for a way out of the well-guarded house.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman (Christopher Reeve) receives a request to end nuclear proliferation, and the Man of Steel goes into action. He rounds up every nuclear missile in the world and then hurls the collection into the sun for a resounding explosion. But his Clark Kent persona has other problems as The Daily Planet has been bought by unscrupulous David Warfield (Sam Wanamaker) who is only interested in turning the newspaper into a sleazy tabloid. Lacy (Mariel Hemingway), Warfield''s sexy daughter, however, has eyes for Kent and gets Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) to fix her up with him.

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