George David Pal
was born in Eindhoven Holland in 1937.
The first film
David did animation on was his father's film The Time Machine
while working at Project Unlimited under the supervision of Wah Chang
and Gene Warren Sr.
was responsible for the elf sequence in The Wonderful World of
the Brothers Grimm and the marching toy soldiers in The
careers and became a furniture designer and an antiques conservator traveling
to Europe several times a year.
Now at the
age of 69, David is retired and lives in a home overlooking the pacific
ocean and is continuing his passion for still photography.
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Pal an David Pal on the set of
War of the Worlds
- Born: Eindhoven,
Came to America when a child.
- 8 years motor
racing plus working in auto/motorcycle high performance mechanics and
classic car restoration
i.e:Was basically a "Race Bum"
Speed Equipment (Schraeger Engineering)
Foreman, machine shop
- Von Dutch
- Granatelli Engineering
High Performance work.
- Was introduced to the aesthetics
of still photography through friendship with Ralph Gibson and became
interested in various aspects
of same. Later shot a film for him.
- Project Unlimited
Got interested in animation and was given chance to do animation and
3 dimensional armature fabrication, worke on various
animation projects and all the myriad of jobs that a Special Effects
Studio would take.
Worked on special effects for “The Time Machine”, Star Trek,
Outer Limits, so on.
- Edward Small
Prod. (Goldwyn Studios)
Animation/Special Effects. "Jack the Giant Killer"
- Started freelancing on
weekends as Cameraman.
- MGM Production
“The Brothers Grimm”
Worked for 6 months in Germany, was introduced to the "Cinerama
Three Strip Process" by T. Conroy, the company Vice President.
- Project Unlimited
Animated “Elf Sequence” in MGM production of “The
Field Technician, Asst. head of Photographic Department
Head of Photographic Department
- Benson and Lehrner
Prototype evaluation and testing of experimental wide screen systems
as well as Photo-instrumentation, Ultra- High Speed Camera systems.
Worked on development of 360 Deg. Camera and viewing devices 10 perforation
35mm horizontal pull through motion picture camera.
- Fairchild Optical
Developing test methods and testing optics made for exhibitions; e.g.
180 Deg. Field angle lens, 70 mm film format for Spacarium
Seattle Worlds Fair. Also tested prototypes for motion picture wide
screen systems, designed by Felix Bednarz.
- ABC, Wide World
Motor Sports, Director of Photography, Introduced WWS to ultra high
speed (128 to 600 frames per second) photography.
- Barclay Productions
Cameraman “Everybodys Talking”
Cameraman documentary O.J. Simpson college football career.
- Worlds Fair,
New York (U.S. Government Exhibition)
Design and mockup various show and display ideas to be used in exhibition.
- Walt Disney
Camera Department. Animation camera, Scene Planning. Calculated camera
movements and photography. Developed simplified
system of developing logarithims for camera tracking. Worked on 101
Dalmations and some other small projects.
- CBS Studio Center
Camera Department. Various camera related duties in relation to shows
on lot. Equipment, camera personel, film Etc.
Productions such as Gunsmoke, Wild West, Rawhide, Gilligans Island,
Big Valley and so on.
- Usher Design
Design and prototype 10:1 aspect ratio wide screen system
- Esstar Productions
Director of Photography, documentary Haight Asbury Scene.
- Smothers Brothers
Director of Photography Show Opener
- CBS TV City
Director of Photography. Pat Paulsen Special
- George Stephens
Technical work “Greatest Story Ever Told” (Asked to develop
Rennaisance painting look and camera masks)
- John Urie Productions
Set work, design “Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde.
- MGM (Europe)
2nd Unit camerawork. Automobile stuntwork.
Geesink Studios ( Amsterdam, Netherlands )
Art Director/Animator “Phillips Cavalcade” (History of Music),
various commercials for the German and Dutch market.
- Excelsior Films.
1/3 partner in Academy Award winning Special Effects Company with Gene
Warren and Wah Chang.
Character and set design for combination live action and animated version
of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”
- Worked for about
15 years on numerous feature films and commercials too many to list.
- Decided to leave
motion picture business.
- Design and construction
of furniture and Art objects for private individuals.
Many magazine articles on my work.
- Awarded Burlington
House Annual Award for “Best Interior Design”
- Open "at
home business" importing antiques and decorative arts from Austria
At the same time open Antique Conservation Facility specializing in
sales and conservation of Biedermier furniture, 18th and 19th Cent.
Time pieces and scientific instruments. Employed by museums and private
- Retired and have
returned to photography, as well as pursuing a life long interest in
Art history, classical drawing and painting.
- Has 4 children (Alison,
Daniela, Jeff and Jeremy) and is recently re-married and living, for
the last 11 years, on the North Coast of California, behind “Redwood