Harold Michelson

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Harold Michelson (February 15, 1920 - March 2, 2007) was an American production designer and art director. In addition, he worked as an illustrator and/or storyboard artist on numerous films from the 1940s through the 1990s. A native of New York City, Michelson worked with the Bureau of Printing in Washington, D.C. after graduating high school. He then served as a bombardier-navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, flying more than 40 missions over Germany. After the war, Michelson became an illustrator. He worked on magazines while attending the Art Students League of New York before moving on to Chicago and Los Angeles, where he illustrated movie posters. He ultimately became an illustrator for Columbia Pictures before being traded to Paramount Pictures, where he worked as illustrator and storyboard artist on The Ten Commandments, among other films. He then worked as a storyboard artist on Ben-Hur for MGM and Spartacus for Universal Pictures. Throughout the remainder of the 1960s, he worked as either illustrator or storyboard artist on such classic films as West Side Story, The Birds, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate.
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