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Derek Meddings (15 January 193110 September 1995) was a British television and cinema special effects expert, initially noted for his work on the "Supermarionation" television puppet series produced by Gerry Anderson. January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1931 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. ... Supermarionation (standing for super marionette animation) is a puppetry technique devised by the British production company AP Films and used extensively in its numerous childrens action-adventure series, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Thunderbirds. ... Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson are most famous as the production team for several futuristic childrens television shows involving specially modified marionettes, a process called supermarionation. Their most famous production is Thunderbirds, which was produced by their production company, originally known as AP Films and later renamed Century 21...


His first work with Anderson was as the uncredited art assistant on Anderson's first puppet series, Torchy the Battery Boy, produced in 1957. He is credited with the special effects in Anderson's 1960 and 1962 series Supercar and Fireball XL5, being elevated to special effects director on 1963's Stingray and special effects supervisor on 1964's Thunderbirds, where he was responsible for the design of the Thunderbirds craft. He was visual effects supervisor for all the Anderson puppet series of the late 1960s (Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service) and also on Anderson's first live-action series UFO. 1957 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lead character Mike Mercury. ... Fireball XL5 was a science fiction marionette TV show produced in Britain in 1962 by Gerry Anderson. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Cover from Stingray DVD box set (2001). ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Thunderbirds Logo Thunderbirds is a mid-1960s Sylvia and Gerry Anderson television show which used a form of puppetry called Supermarionation. // Cast, crew, and production notes Brains Thunderbirds was the fourth childrens action-adventure series made by AP Films (APF) (at the time of production renamed Century 21 Productions... Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, often referred to in shorthand as simply Captain Scarlet, is a science fiction television series produced by the Century 21 Television company of Sylvia and Gerry Anderson and Lew Grade and first shown in Britain (originally on ATV Midlands, but later the whole of the... Joe 90 is a 1968 Sylvia and Gerry Anderson television show concerning the adventures of a nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine. ... North American DVD release of the series shows the marionette version of Stanley Unwin. ... UFO was a British television science fiction series created by Gerry Anderson and produced by Andersons and Lew Grades Century 21 Productions for Grades ITC Entertainment company. ...


in the 1970s he developed his career by working on the special effects for the James Bond movies The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker, going on later to work on For Your Eyes Only and GoldenEye, on which he was working at the time of his death. He also worked on the Superman movies, Supergirl, Santa Claus: The Movie, The Neverending Story II and III, Batman, Hudson Hawk and other films. This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... James Bond is best known from the EON Productions film series. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition The Man with the Golden Gun is the thirteenth and final James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming and published posthumously in the United Kingdom and the United States by Glidrose Productions, in 1965. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition The Spy Who Loved Me is a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming first published in 1962. ... A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Moonraker is the third James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition For Your Eyes Only is a collection of James Bond short stories by Ian Fleming, first published in 1960. ... GoldenEye is the seventeenth James Bond film and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as Ian Flemings British secret service agent, James Bond. ... Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, Superman Superman, also known as Superman: The Movie, is a 1978 Warner Bros. ... Supergirl is also a 1966 hit by British singer Graham Bonney. ... The Neverending Story (Die Unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in 1979. ... Batman DVD cover, 1997 release version Batman was released in U.S. theaters on June 23, 1989 by Warner Bros. ... Hudson Hawk is a 1991 film, directed by Michael Lehmann. ...


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Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, Superman Superman, also known as Superman: The Movie, is a 1978 Warner Bros. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... Founded on May 11, 1927 in California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. ... Sir Michael Balcon (May 19, 1896–October 17, 1977) was a British film producer, best known for his work with the Ealing Studios. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... A 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Moonraker is the third James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Batman DVD cover, 1997 release version Batman was released in U.S. theaters on June 23, 1989 by Warner Bros. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... GoldenEye is the seventeenth James Bond film and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as Ian Flemings British secret service agent, James Bond. ...

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Derek Meddings - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (344 words)
Derek Meddings (15 January 1931–10 September 1995) was a British television and cinema special effects expert, initially noted for his work on the "Supermarionation" television puppet series produced by Gerry Anderson.
For his work on Superman, in 1979 Derek Meddings was awarded a shared Special Achievement Award for special effects by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and shared the Michael Balcon Award of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
He was also nominated for the 1980 Oscar (Best effects, visual effects) for his work on Moonraker, for the 1990 BAFTA Film Award for best special effects for Batman, and posthumously for the 1996 BAFTA Film Award for best achievement in special effects for GoldenEye.
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