Souls At Sea 1937

Supervised by Gordon Jennings, this film has a couple of shots of a miniature matching the full size ship featured more predominantly throughout. The miniature ship effects are employed for explosion and sinking scenes.

There is also a miniature set representing the cargo hold with silhouetted mattes of live action people placed over the top. When the explosion happens the mattes are not dense enough to prevent the background from bleeding through the silhouettes.

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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