The A. Arnold Gillespie photographs span the years 1936-1965 and encompass 4.5 linear feet. The
collection consists entirely of 8x10 photographic frame enlargements of special effects created by
Gillespie for 173 films produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Many titles include corresponding information
sheets or notations on the reverse of the photographs, giving specific information about how each shot
was achieved or used in the film as well as budget figures, scene numbers, and the personnel and
Albert Arnold "Buddy" Gillespie was a American special effects expert and art director employed by
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios from 1925 to 1965. He came to Hollywood in the early 1920s and by 1925 he was
working as a set designer and art director at the newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio under the
supervision of Cedric Gibbons. The studio made him head of the special effects department in 1936.
Gillespie became known for his extensive work and expertise with miniatures. He received 12 Academy Award
nominations, three of which resulted in Oscars: THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944), GREEN DOLPHIN STREET
(1947), and BEN-HUR (1959). He shared a 1963 Class III Academy Scientific Award with Douglas Shearer for
the development of an improved background process projection system.
4.5 linear feet of photographs.
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