Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Harold E. Wellman

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Harold E. Wellman

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Harold E. Wellman, ASC, veteran cinematographer and special visual effects expert, died on Friday, March 13, 1992. He had been an ASC member since 1950 and served several terms on the Board of Governors. Services were held at the Little Church of the Flowers at Forest Lawn in Glendale. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude May, and a daughter, Katharine Tudor.

Born in Colorado Springs on May 18,1905, Wellman spent most of his life in Hollywood movie studios. He began in 1928 as a property master on She Goes to War for Inspiration Pictures, a company founded by Richard Barthelmess and Edwin Carewe. There he saw some prefiguration of his own future as he observed the outstanding photographic work of Gaetano Gaudio, ASC and the unusual visual effects being done by John P. Fulton, ASC. He then worked for a year as an electrician at the busy Tec-Art rental lot (now Raleigh Studios), and as a grip at Paramount. During this time he watched the sunset of silent pictures and the dawn of the "talkies."

Early in 1929 he became an assistant cameraman at Paramount to J. Roy Hunt on the classic Western The Virginian and The Two Black Crows. Then he joined the crew of Edward Cronjager, ASC on The Love Doctor m October 1929. He stayed with Cronjager when the latter signed with the new RKO Radio Pictures, whose studio adjoined Paramount. Wellman worked with Cronjager on some of the studio's top product, including Seven Keys to Baldpate (which had to be filmed twice because the negative was destroyed in a vault fire), Cimarron, The Lost Squadronfforwhich he also did aerial photography), and Hoar of the Dragon. …

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