Papers, 1926-1982

Goldner, Orville


10 linear ft.
Collection contains correspondence, printed material, scripts and papers, clippings, scrapbook material, photographs, and other biographical information. Correspondence spans the years 1934 to 1982 and includes letters from Cecil B. DeMille, William C. De Mille, Walter Lantz, Jam Handy, David O. Selznick, and Ansel Adams. Papers from the World War II years contain correspondence as well as film production manuals, procedures, and specifications; storyboards, scripts, and script analysis reports; printed materials; clippings; and speeches. Several files concern Goldner's work on the Panorama project and include correspondence, a script for narration by Vincent Price, and copies of the books and slides for the program's three series: "Guided Tours of the World," "Adventures in Nature and Science, " and "Guided Tours of the World's Great Museums." Particularly well-documented are the 1969 and 1970 Reel Thing conferences directed by Goldner while at Chico State College. Two large files also document a personal undertaking in the 1970s to tell the story of the little-known animation Kinex Studio, founded in 1927. Clippings and scrapbook materials include information on Goldner's early years in puppetry (1926-30) and theatrical costume and art design (1931-36). Later files contain correspondence, contracts, and receipts concerning Orville and wife Dorothy Goldner's film production company Visual Americana and its activities from 1968 to 1971, with the bulk referring to their 1971 Mexican film Three Stone Blades.
Film producer and professor. Goldner, born May 18,1906, attended California College of Arts and Crafts 1924-25, where he met and married fellow artist Dorothy "Dot" Thompson (October 1925). Goldner began his long and varied career in motion pictures in 1927 at Kinex Studio in Hollywood as a technical director, designer, and creator of animated films and special effects. During this time period he worked on the classic King Kong (1933), about which he later co-authored a book with George Turner, The Making of King Kong (1975). His work shifted to factual film during World War II when he headed the Navy's Training Film and Motion Picture Branch from 1942 to 1946, and the rest of his career would be spent in education and factual film production. After the war, Goldner worked first as Director of Production (1946-49) and later as a contract overseas film producer (1949-52) for Curriculum Films in New York. Goldner taught educational media courses and served as Director of the Audio-Visual Center at San Francisco State University from 1954 to 1960, at which time he left to become Director of Audio-Visual Services for the Panorama colorslide program at Columbia Record Club. From 1967 to 1971, he was a professor of Mass Communications and Director of the Audio-Visual Center at Chico State College.
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