The Secrets of Disney’s Lost Notebook
at Yale University March 2

This primitive, hand-built multiplane camera setup was used to create three-dimensional visual effects in Fantasia (1940).

I will be appearing at Yale University on Thursday, March 2, 2017, with an illustrated talk about my book, The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic. The talk is open to the general public, and will take a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how the eye-popping visual effects of Pinocchio, Fantasia and other classic films were achieved.

Herman Schultheis, a technician at the Disney Studio from 1938 to 1941, worked in the Process Lab, the department that produced the optical effects of the early Disney animated features. An engineer by training and an avid photographer, Schultheis created several detailed illustrated notebooks for his personal use, which were not discovered until more than 30 years after his death in 1955, and are now preserved at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

Thursday, March 2
Yale University
Digital Media Center for the Arts
149 York Street, Room 104
New Haven, Connecticut

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For further information, contact
Yale Digital Media Center for the Arts,, 203-432-2883

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