Friday Night Spotlight - A. Arnold Gillespie
This entry in the series is co-hosted by two Oscar®-winning craftsmen: Visual Effects Supervisor Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt, along with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Barron has contributed to some of the most richly visual movies of the past 35 years including Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Titanic (1997) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Burtt's credits include the Star Wars films, E.T. the Extra- Terrestrial (1982) and WALL-E (2008). The two craftsmen have appeared together on TCM before, discussing special effects in classic films, and have presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival. They also have joined in multi-media presentations through outreach programs of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Under Gillespie's supervision, MGM gained the reputation of having the most creative visual effects of any Hollywood studio. Other titles in our tribute include such milestones as Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), The Good Earth (1937), Forbidden Planet (1956), North by Northwest (1959), Ben-Hur (1959) and How the West Was Won (1962).