So Proudly We Hail 1943

Some impressive miniature work by the great Gordon Jennings in this film made during and concerning nurses in the second World War. Of particular note is the night time sequence of the island evacuation using small boats while under fire, all in miniature both outright shots and as process rear projected backgrounds to the live action actors.

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Reap the Wild Wind 1942

Won best visual effects at the 15th Academy awards in 1943.

Gordon Jennings and his team deliver some well staged rough weather miniature ship effects in technicolor. There is also a mechanical giant squid creature that although state of the art for 1942 seems a bit comical today.

Typical for the period, the miniatures would have been shot before the live action to provide the numerous rear process screen backgrounds for the shipboard scenes.

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Two Years Before the Mast 1946

Photographic effects supervised by Gordon Jennings, photographed by his brother Devereaux and assisted with the miniatures by Ivyl Burks.

Some solid work typical of the period by some of the legends of visual effects.

Unfortunately the only copy I can find is the usual digital copy from a VHS source.

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Botany Bay 1953

This film can be found in its entirety on You tube. The quality of the pictures is not the greatest, the source looks to be digitised from a VHS recording off TV.

There are some pretty decent model ship effects supervised by Paramount studios’ photographic effects chief Gordon Jennings, however the scenes set in Australia are pretty un-convincing with a couple of Koalas in a tree in a studio set.

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