Walter Davis Pidgeon was a Canadian-American actor. He earned two Academy Award for Best Actor nominations for his roles in Mrs. Miniver and Madame Curie.
Scottish artist George Gibson created the Film landscape that helped define the look of iconic films like The Wizard of Oz in the Golden age of Hollywood. Now His Family and hope that he will finally get the wider recognition he didn't receive at the time.
movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was one of the leading exponents of the art, all under the watchful eye of George Gibson .
His scenes were not as large as 60ft x 150ft (18m by 45m), and so realistic that the viewer often, the setting was a stage.The Wizard of Oz was one of The First films where Gibson
worked led to His interest in drama at school, to discover to him his talent for painting a scene, and he returned to Edinburgh College of art to study, together with engineering.
He studied at the Glasgow School of Art with The Master scenic designer William E. Glover.
Gibson's daughter Jean says, her father had to work in the Grand theatre in London, but had difficulties to get a job, and so he decided to pack up and head to New York .
"The Day that he says sailed to America in 1930, his parents received a letter offering him a job in London," his daughter.
In an effort to find Better Weather and work In America , a friend convinced to move to Gibson, West to California , where he picked up odd jobs such as illustrated storyboard art at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
He convinced the studio to construct heads to a ground-breaking new building, where all the scenes could be painted centrally on the movable frame, instead of the solid frame, the sound of The Day .
in These days, the visual effects would be digitally made, but in 1939 the whole world of Oz to be created by the use of supports and hand-painted landscape.
The production required three months of painting and was in total secrecy.
movie Fan Mark Cousins first came about Gibson when he was Director of the Edinburgh film festival in the 1990s.
He made was, that an Edinburgh man ended up painting some of The Most iconic images in cinema.Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in " An American In Paris
Gibson's daughter, Jean Gibson-Gorrindo was not born until 1950, when her father was 46, you can't be sure of its influences.
"The Vatican said, 'you can't go, as she says, with its hot lights, and all the people, you'll ruin it'," she said.George Gibson , The Head of the MGM Scenic Design Department for 30 years
Jean was, and added: "My Father and mother attended the premiere of this film, and there were some Catholic bishops and cardinals behind them and he heard them say: "I thought I'd let you go film in the Chapel ." "
As with many picturesque artist, he was never credited for his work.
"The studios don't want to say that you know that The Actors were standing in front of a painting," his daughter.
"you wanted to keep up The Illusion that they were outside. "An American was acquired, shot In Paris on a stage with a painted backdrop of The City -
Two years ago, a Hollywood company,, the scenes from the heyday decided to cull his collection.
Jean is in the hope that as a result, her father could finally get the recognition he deserves.