In Glorious Multiplane - 1
For those of you for whom this is a first acquaintance: the Multiplane Camera was a 12 foot high device produced in the mid-to-late 1930's to enhance the depth in animated cartoons by separating the artwork to be shot into levels that were physically separated in space. The camera looked down through the levels which could move indepen-dently from each other. There was also a horizontal Multiplane rig, and some would say that the Fleishers also had made a similar device, but here I will concentrate on Disney's vertical setup.
To start this off, here is a wall decoration about the Multiplane Camera that hangs across the hall from the Disney Archives.
I photographed it quickly, with lots of glare, and I put several photos together for the composite, the first image. Still, I hope you'll enjoy it - be sure to read all the text: we'll go more in-depth soon...
Then there are two close-ups: the second image shows the original Snow White Multiplane rig on the right and the Fantasia rig on the left during the shooting of the Ave Maria sequence.
The last image shows the lamp house and lamps.
I believe that the gentleman top left may be camera operator, later head of ARI and ultimately president of Walt Disney Productions, Card Walker. He appears on several photos of the camera crew.
It would seem that this informational frame was put together just after Fantasia, in the early 40's, and the studio was proud of it...