Avron Hirsch Goldbogen
Born: Jun 22, 1907 AD
Died: 1958 AD, at 50 years of age.
1907 - Michael Todd, born on the 22nd of June in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Chaim Goldbogen (an Orthodox rabbi) and Sophia Hellerman, both Polish Jewish immigrants. He was one of the major contributors to technical innovation in the film industry.
1955 - Invented, The system named Todd-AO after its inventors and was by far the best big-screen system ever seen, when it was introduced with Oklahoma!. The Todd-AO prints used 70mm film with a 2.2:1 ratio. Sound was six-track magnetic only, with five channels behind the screen and one surround channel, with Perspecta coding (a switch stereo device) The 70mm Todd-AO productions were premiered through Magna Theatre Corp., which also co-produced the pictures. Due to the non-standard speed.
1956 - The first two Todd-AO pictures, the other was Around the World in Eighty Days were parallel-shot in 35mm CinemaScope with 24 fps for general release.
1958 - The third production, South Pacific, the Todd-AO pictures were all shot in 24 fps.
- He was killed in a plane crash on the 22nd of March, but his system lived on, adopted as the wide superformat of 20th Century-Fox, which used it all through the 60s. During that period a number of alternate processes developed, of which Superpanavision became the most used.
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