Special Effects Animators

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Mary Ellen Bute

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"Mary Ellen Bute was born in Houston, Texas on November 21, 1906. Bute moved to New York in the 1920s and began her filmmaking career making experimental shorts that combined light and painting techniques. She collaborated with Joseph Schilling..."

Kenzō Masaoka

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"Masaoka was one of the first Japanese animators, who also trained and guided artists who would move on to become the next generation of animators. Masaoka is credited with creating the earliest anime using cel animation and recorded sound. He has als..."

Willis Harold O’Brien

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"O'Brien was an innovative special effects animator, most well-known for the landmark production in 1925 of The Lost World, and animated the Gorilla sequences in the famed King Kong film from the 30's. He also developed the revolutionary animation..."