Wah Ming Chang was born 1917 in Honolulu and moved to San Francisco in the early 1920s. There he began exhibiting his creative
work at the age of six. After the death of his mother in 1928, he came to live with Blanding Sloan and Mildred Taylor. In
1938, Chang began his career in film and special effects by building murals, sets, and animated puppets shown at the World's
Fair in San Francisco. He joined Disney Studios' Effects and Model Department in 1939 and worked on projects such
Bambi. In 1941, he worked for George Pal Puppetoon Studio as head of the puppet department working on Army and Navy training films.
Chang formed East-West Studios with Blanding Sloan in 1945 and produced
The Way of Peace, an animated puppet film commissioned by the American Lutheran Church. He later formed Centaur Productions, working on television
commercials and toy designs. Throughout the 1950s he freelanced and worked on motion picture projects such as the
King and I,
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, and
The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao , for which he received an Oscar nomination. Over the next several years he worked on major motion pictures, commercials for
such companies as Dole Pineapple, Kellogg, and Kraft, and various television series such as
The Outer Limits and
Star Trek. Chang left Hollywood in the 1970s to pursue his interests in wildlife and sculpture.
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