|The Black Hole (1979) concept art by Peter Ellenshaw|
Every Friday I feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema or television. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on The Black Hole (1979)
The movie The Black Hole, about a team of space explorers discovering a mysterious lost ship on the edge of a massive black hole, was a commercial failure. But it received two Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. One of the artists working on the film, along with Robert T. McCall, was Peter Ellenshaw. Film critic Leonard Malton said Peter Ellenshaw was "one of the titans of visual effects in an era before people took visual special effects for granted. When you see London Harbor full of tall-masted schooners in 'Treasure Island,' that's an Ellenshaw painting. When Mary Poppins sails over the rooftops of London, that's an Ellenshaw painting."
Peter Ellenshaw was an Academy Award winning special effects artist and matte painter who worked on classic Hollywood films like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) and Dick Tracy (1990).
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