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Segundo de Chomón

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Date of birth

Oct 17, 1871

Date of death


" Director and technician, specialist in special effects. Thanks to collaborations in emblematic silent films such as "Cabiria" by Pastrone, or "Napoléon" by Abel Gance, he earned the nickname "the Spanish Méliès"."

He was born in Teruel in 1871. He moved to Paris in 1895. He worked in George Méliès' workshop, where he invented a revolutionary system of colouring by hand, which was patented later on by Charles Pathé. He made "Choque de trenes" and "Pulgarcito" then. With "Eclipse de sol" he introduced stop motion: filming one still shot after another. With Pathé he found all he needed to research and implement his love of experimenting. In "La pasión de Jesucristo" he made all the special effects. After 1912 he worked at Itala Film. In "Cabiria", the use of "carrello" would be the origin of travelling shots. His last technical collaboration was in "Napoléon" by Abel Gance. He died in Paris in 1929.

Essential works

  • The Electric Hotel © EFE

    The Electric Hotel (direction, interpretation)

    This entertaining short is the best know film by Segundo de Chomón, one of the pioneers of silent cinema. Its tricks and special effects were very advanced for the period. 

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