Hollywood Hills classic built for ‘green screen’ pioneer finds a buyer for $3.4 million


The onetime home of visual effects film pioneer Carroll Dunning has sold in Hollywood Hills for $3.4 million.

Dunning, co-founder of the Dunningcolor Corp., developed an early processing technique for adding backgrounds to scenes filmed in a studio in front of a green screen. The Dunning Process, as it was called, was first used in the 1933 monster-adventure classic “King Kong” and again in “The Son of Kong.”


The Spanish-style home was designed for him by in-demand architect Paul Revere Williams and built in 1929 on a triangular corner lot. Views take in the city and surrounding mountains.

The renovated four-story house retains its arched windows, wrought-iron fixtures and hardwood floors. The 4,775 square feet of interior space include a living room with a tile fireplace, a formal dining room, an office, five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Terraced patios, pathways, manicured gardens, a sunken fire pit and a saltwater swimming pool complete the grounds.

The property previously changed hands in 2014 for $1.7 million.

Stacey Valnes of Valnes Bell Realtors and Heather Bell of the Agency were the listing agents. Oliver Thornton of Compass represented the buyer.

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