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The Day/Ellenshaw TimelineW. Percy Day, his stepson Peter Ellenshaw and Peter's son Harrison form a long line of brilliant matte artists.
- Walter Percy ("Pop") Day introduces the "The Hall Process" to the French film industry in Les Opprimés.
- Still in Paris, Percy Day uses the "The Hall Process" for Napoleon.
- Percy Day develops his version of the latent image technique and applies it in Au Bonheur des Dames.
- Returning to England, Percy Day and his assistant and stepson Peter Ellenshaw paint mattes for producer Alexander Korda. Day will head the visual effects departments at Denham Studio and later at the Shepperton Studio.
- Percy Day and assistant Peter Ellenshaw paint mattes for Things to Come.
- Percy Day and assistant Peter Ellenshaw paint a fantasy world for The Thief of Bagdad. The film wins the Academy Award for Visual Effects.
- Percy Day paints old London for Henry V.
- After returning from five years in the RAF, Peter Ellenshaw paints mattes for A Matter of Life and Death. Percy Day heads the visual effects for the film.
- Day and Ellenshaw paint Himalayan views and the monastery for Black Narcissus.
- Percy Day, Les Bowie, and Ivor Beddoes paint mattes for the ballet dream sequence in The Red Shoes.
- Peter Ellenshaw works on his first Disney Studio film, painting mattes for Treasure Island.
- Peter Ellenshaw paints mattes for Quo Vadis?
- Peter Ellenshaw supervises matte work for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Disney Studio. He paints Captain Nemo's lab within a volcanic crater. The film wins the Academy Award for Visual Effects.
- Peter Ellenshaw supervises and paints mattes along with Albert Whitlock for Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Ellenshaw paints the interior caves of the Fairy Mountain.
- At Disney Studio, Peter Ellenshaw re-creates ancient Rome for Stanley Kubrick in Spartacus.
- Peter Ellenshaw supervises and paints mattes along with Jim Fetherolf on Mary Poppins. The film wins the Academy Award for Visual Effects.
- Peter Ellenshaw retires as head of the Disney Studio matte department and Alan Maley steps in as the new head.
- Harrison Ellenshaw (Peter's son) joins Disney Studio as Alan Maley's matte painting apprentice.
- Alan Maley leaves the Disney Studio matte department. Harrison Ellenshaw succeeds him as department head.
- Harrison Ellenshaw and Ralph McQuarrie paint mattes for Star Wars, including Death Star interiors and exteriors, as well as alien planets.
- Supervisor and matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw with assistants David Mattingly and Constantine Ganakes paint mattes for The Black Hole. Peter Ellenshaw comes back from retirement to supervise the production design and the visual effects. The two Ellenshaws are among the Oscar nominees the following year.
- Harrison Ellenshaw leaves the Disney Studio matte department.
- Harrison Ellenshaw supervises and paints mattes along with Ralph McQuarrie and Michael Pangrazio for The Empire Strikes Back.
- Harrison Ellenshaw receives his first credit as visual effects supervisor for Tron.
- Harrison Ellenshaw, Michael Lloyd, Michele Moen, and Paul Lasaine paint mattes for Dick Tracy. Peter Ellenshaw comes out of retirement to help out.