Farciot Edouart

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Farciot Edouart, ASC (born Alexander Edouart Farciot, November 5, 1894 - March 17, 1980) was an Academy Award winning motion picture special effects artist and innovator, a recognized specialist and innovator in the area of "process photography", also known as rear projection.

In a career beginning in the 1920s, Farciot won a total of ten Academy Awards: two competitive (1942 and 1943), seven technical and scientific awards (1938, 1940, 2 in 1944, 1948, and 2 in 1956), and an honorary award for special effects (1939).

He worked on approximately 350 films, the last one being Rosemary's Baby in 1968. Leonard Maltin wrote "The master of process-screen photography is Farciot Edouart."[1]

Edouart was born in Los Angeles, the son of a portrait photographer, and began working as a cameraman while still a teenager.[2] Fox Film Corporation was the first to use the rear projection technique, in 1930, with their films Liliom and Just Imagine, and were subsequently awarded a technical Oscar for their work the next year. Edouart, working at Paramount Pictures, refined the technique starting in 1933, and developed several new methods, such as syncing three projectors with the same background plate for more even and bright exposure.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard, The art of the cinematographer: a survey and interviews with five masters, Dover Publications, p. 14, ISBN 0-486-23686-2 
  2. ^ Biography of Farciot Edouart from Yahoo Movies
  3. ^ "theoscarsite.com". theoscarsite.com. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  4. ^ "The 12th Academy Awards (1940) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  5. ^ Academy Awards 1940
  6. ^ "The 13th Academy Awards (1941) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  7. ^ "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  8. ^ "The 15th Academy Awards (1943) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  9. ^ "The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  10. ^ "The 17th Academy Awards (1945) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 

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