Gerald Larn painting a matte for "Anne of  the  Thousand Days ( 1968)


By Gerald Larn:
"I spent 3 years studying at Farnham School of Art  where I specialised in Painting. In my final year I won a competitive scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art, University College , London .
 After leaving the Slade School ,  I exhibited paintings in London at the Temple Gallery, Redfern Gallery and Selfridges Art Gallery .
In 1964 (age 32) I met  Bob Cuff.  He was on the point of leaving Shepperton to join forces and form a Special Effects company with John Mackie. He asked if I would be interested  to step into his shoes and fill in the gap he was leaving in the Effects department at Shepperton.
After  discussing the matter with Head of Department Wally Veevers, and showing him some of my work, it was agreed I should fill the vacant Matte Artist position.
Later, following the departure of Wally Veevers, I remained working in the Special Effects Department under Ted Samuels until the break up of the Studio in 1975."

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1964 – Mr Moses  (matte painting) 
1965 – Dr Who and the Daleks  (matte painting) 
1965 – The Spy who came in from the Cold (matte painting) 
1965 – Dr Zhivago  (matte painting) 
1965 - Gengis Khan (matte painting) 
1965 – A High Wind in Jamaica  (matte painting) 
1966 – Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (matte painting) 
1966 – The Family Way  (matte painting) 
1967 – Casino Royale  (matte painting) 
1967 – Dr Faustus (matte painting) 
1967 – Taming of the Shrew  (matte painting) 
1969 – The Valley of Gwangi  (matte painting) 
1969 – Anne of the Thousand Days  (matte painting) 
1969 – The Best House in London  (matte painting) 
1969 – The Freak (Designed the wings to be worn by Victoria Chaplin on Chaplin’s proposed final film. Also storyboarded sections of the script ) 
1970 – Scrooge  (matte painting)
1971 – Asylum (  Illustrations for opening title sequence. ) 
1971 – Nicholas and Alexandra  (matte painting, optical work and  typography for opening title sequence and credits.) 
1971 – The Tragedy of Macbeth (matte painting) 
1971 – Tales of Beatrix Potter  ( props and character costume production ) 
1972 - Tales from the Crypt (matte painting) 
1972 – Alice ’s Adventures in Wonder land (matte paintingS, and foreground glasses.) 
1973 – The Final Programme (matte painting) 
1973 – The Asphyx ( designed the object of the title “The Asphyx” )