The Wizard of MGM: Memoirs of A. Arnold Gillespie



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From the collection of Steve Sherman, we offer this print-on-demand title in pristine condition.

From the publisher:

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 Contains Mr. Gillespie's, (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.

This came from the collection of Steve Sherman, a writer,artist, puppet-maker, puppet-performer, and avid collector. Steve worked as Jack Kirby's assistant, at Filmation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, before forming his own company Puppet Studio in 1984 contributing to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "Men in Black 1 & 2", "Mighty Joe Young", "Muppets" and numerous other TV series and feature films.


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A Arnold Gillespie

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine


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Publishing Information

Duncan, OK
BearManor Media

Physical Description

11 inches
8.25 inches
384 pages
over 400 black & white photographs
color wraps