July 20, 1945 |
|Years active||1974 - present|
Harrison Ellenshaw (born Peter Ellenshaw, July 20, 1945 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is an American matte painter, following his British-born father Peter Ellenshaw. He started his career at Walt Disney Studios. He later joined George Lucas's effects studio Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), where he produced many of the matte visual effects backgrounds for the films Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He then returned to Disney to work on the film Dick Tracy (1990), and eventually headed Disney Studio's effects department, Buena Vista Visual Effects (BVVE). He was also visual effects supervisor for Tron (1982), where he had the distinction of being the first person to have that credit in a film.
Harrison Ellenshaw is now pursuing his passion for fine art painting. Many works have been created, of both Disney Fine Art and non-Disney themed subjects, which are thought highly collectable.
His son Michael Ellenshaw has directed a short film while his sister Lynda Thompson is also a visual effects artist.
- Star Wars (1977), matte artist
- The Black Hole (1979), miniature effects creator (Academy Award nominee for visual effects)
- The Empire Strikes Back (1980), matte artist
- Tron (1982), visual effects supervisor
- Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), visual effects supervisor and second unit director
- Dick Tracy (1990), matte artist
- Artist's Official Disney Fine Art Site
- Ellenshaw.com, official biography website
- Harrison Ellenshaw at the Internet Movie Database
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