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Mirano (Virgil) 3D photography collection
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Description
The Virgil Mirano 3D photography collection comprises the library of Virgil Mirano (1937-2018), the cinematographer and visual effects specialist best known for his work on Die Hard (1988), Blade Runner (1982), and Masters of the Universe (1987). The collection contains books, magazines, and promotional material that incorporate 3D images; 3D photography viewers and glasses; 3D comic books; and Mirano's files on imaging products, services, and events -- all of which document the development of 3D imaging processes from 1935 to 2018.
Background
An extensive collection of materials related to 3D images from the library of Virgil Mirano (1937-2018), the cinematographer and visual effects specialist best known for his work on Die Hard (1988), Blade Runner (1982), and Masters of the Universe (1987). From the mid-1970s through the '90s, Mirano manned the still photography labs of three of the largest visual effects (VFX) houses in Los Angeles. He documented the people and the techniques of a variety of films - images that would serve as an inspiration for a whole new corps of artists now working in the industry. Mirano did more than just take snapshots of the crew. He was a master of the camera and printer. For example, Mirano is responsible for the Polaroid of Zhora that Deckard's Esper machine prints for him in Blade Runner , having developed a technique of distorting a 35mm image, then adding grain, and converting it to a Polaroid print. Remarkably, Mirano accomplished this effect in a darkroom without using a computer.
Extent
6.65 Linear Feet 10 boxes
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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