Did you know that Willis H O’Brien was born today in 1886? He was a pioneer in stop-motion animation and special effects for motion pictures. Stop-motion animation involves taking a series of pictures of a model that is moved a little bit at a time. When the pictures are quickly shown in order, the model appears to move. O’Brien’s worked on almost 30 films including The Lost World (1925), King Kong (1933), and Mighty Joe Young (1949). In 1950 he won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
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When he was 11-years-old he left home to work on cattle ranches. He left home again when he was 13 to work as a farm hand, factory worker, fur trapper, cowboy, bartender and guide for paleontologists in the Crater Lake area.
As an adult Willis O’Brien worked as a draftsman for an architect’s office, sports cartoonist, professional boxer, railroad brakeman, land surveyor, marble sculptor, and assistant to the head architect to the 1915 San Francisco World Fair.
Thomas Edison was impressed by O’Brien’s 1915 film, The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy, and he hired O’Brien to animate a series of short films for the Edison Company.