Occupation: Matte Artist
Challenges overcome: Parkinson Disease
Successes, Achievements & Awards:
Albert Whitlock was born in London on 15 September in 1915. Albert Whitlock is the most recognised and celebrated matte artist in cinematic history, Albert created a huge impact on generations of film and TV audiences. His work appeared on over 500 movies and TV shows, including Disney films and the Star Trek TV series. Albert first began as a sign writer for movies, which is where he met and began a long standing friendship and working relationship with Alfred Hitchcock.
Albert Whitlock first began doing matte work in World War II, before moving to America in the early 1950’s where he got a job with Walt Disney. He moved to Universal studios in 1961 and headed the matte department there. Albert Whitlock and his team were loaned out to help other movie productions that didn’t have a matte department.
Many people considered Albert to be the greatest master of matte. Not only was he extremely gifted in creating quality paintings, he was also known for being able to create them quickly. He achieved two Academy awards and an Emmy Award for his visual effects work. Albert retired in 1989 but still continued to work for a few movie productions.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that occurs when the neurons within the brain responsible for producing the chemical dopamine become impaired or dies. Dopamine is essential for the smooth control and coordination of the movement of voluntary muscle groups. Once approximately 80% of the brain’s dopamine producing cells no longer function, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease begin to appear.
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