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Petro Vlahos dies at 96; advanced blue-screen technology for film

Petro Vlahos dies at 96; advanced blue-screen technology for film

In the 1950s, special-effects pioneer Petro Vlahos laid the groundwork that made a modern movie genre possible — the blockbuster.

He did it by vastly improving a composite-image process commonly known as the "blue-screen effect" for the 1959 epic film "Ben-Hur." And he did it again when he created a related technique that made Dick Van Dyke appear to dance among the penguins in the 1964 movie "Mary Poppins."


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Petro Vlahos: The obituary of special-effects pioneer Petro Vlahos in the Feb. 20 LATExtra section said that his...

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