"Walt Disney was a man who knew what he wanted and pointed the way he wanted it to be. Some producer told him 'But I've never done this before, Walt.' He said, 'Well, now's the time to find out if you can.' And it was. If you didn't find out, you'd find out that you didn't have a job!"
About This Interview
In his hour-long Archive interview, Peter Ellenshaw (1913-2007) describes his long association with the Walt Disney Studios where he became a preeminent matte artist. He discusses the craft of the matte artist and how a matte is incorporated into a film. He talks about Disney's foray into television with the Disneyland series, and mentions his work on such segments of the show as Davy Crockett. B-roll consists of Ellenshaw voicing-over descriptions of mattes done for various projects, as well as a few photos from his Disney years. In a thirty-minute interview conducted with his son, Harrison Ellenshaw, Harrison talks about his father as well as the work that he has done as a special effects artist in his own right, which includes the feature film "Star Wars." Karen Herman conducted the interview on September 11, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California.