Segundo de Chomón

Birthday:
10/17/1871
Place of birth:
Teruel, Aragón, Spain:
Biography:
Segundo de Chomón became involved in film through his wife, who was an actress in Pathé films. In 1902 he became a concessionary for Pathé in Barcelona, distributing its product in Spanish-speaking countries and managing a factory for the coloring of Pathé films. He began shooting footage of Spanish locations for the company, then in 1905 moved to Paris where he became a trick film specialist. The body of work he created over five years was outstanding. Films such as Le spectre rouge (1907), Juegos chinos (1907), Le voleur invisible (1909) and Une excursion incohérente (1909) are among the most imaginative and technically accomplished of their age. De Chomón created fantastical narratives embellished with ingenious effects, gorgeous color, innovative hand-drawn and puppet animation, tricks of the eye that surprise and delight, and startling turns of surreal imagination. It is curious why he is not generally known as one of the early cinema masters, except among the cognoscenti in the field. Perhaps it is because there is a smaller body of work than that created by Georges Méliès (his works can perhaps be described as a cross between that of Méliès and another who combined trickery with animation, Émile Cohl); perhaps it's because he was a Spaniard working in France for the key part of his film career that has meant that neither side has championed him as much as they might have done. De Chomón carried on as a filmmaker, specializing in trick effects, working for Pathé, Itala and others, and contributing effects work to two of the most notable films of the silent era, Giovanni Pastrone's Cabiria (1914) and Abel Gance's Napoleón (1927).

Credits

El hotel eléctrico (1908)
as Bertrand
Napoléon
Special Effects
Lulú
Director
La guerra e il sogno di Momi
Cinematography
La guerra e il sogno di Momi
Director
La guerra e il sogno di Momi
Animation Director
Tigre reale
Director of Photography
Il fuoco (la favilla - la vampa - la cenere)
Director of Photography
La paura degli aeromobili nemici
Director of Photography
L'emigrante
Director of Photography
Cabiria
Director of Photography
Cabiria
Special Effects
Barcelone, principale ville de la Catalogne
Director
Superstition andalouse
Cinematography
Superstition andalouse
Director
Superstition andalouse
Writer
Métamorphoses
Director
Gérone, la Venise espagnole
Director
Le paravent de Cagliostro
Cinematography
Le paravent de Cagliostro
Director
Le paravent de Cagliostro
Writer
L'iris fantastique
Director
L'Antique Tolede
Director
Physique diabolique
Director
Burgos
Director
Barcelone et son parc
Director
Barcelone et son parc
Producer
L'épée du spirite
Director
Flema inglesa
Director
Pickpock ne craint pas les entraves
Director
La leçon de musique
Director
Transformations élastiques
Director of Photography
Le voyage sur Jupiter
Director
Cauchemar et doux rêves
Director
L'Hotel hanté
Director
Le petit poucet
Director
Le petit poucet
Writer
Les cocottes en papier
Director
Une excursion incohérente
Director
Symphonie bizarre
Director
Le voleur invisible
Director
L'abeille et la rose
Director
La grotte des esprits
Director
El hotel eléctrico
Director
El hotel eléctrico
Writer
Les dés magiques
Director
Secret Suitcase
Director
L'invention du professeur Brick-à-Brack
Director
Les ombres chinoises
Director
La légende du fantôme
Director
La légende du fantôme
Writer
Les papillons japonais
Director
Le miroir magique
Director
Voyage oriental
Director
La grenouille
Director
Magie moderne
Director
Excursion dans la lune
Director
Excursion dans la lune
Writer
Sculpteur moderne
Director
Le rêve des marmitons
Director
La table magique
Director
Magic Bricks
Director
L'araignée d'or
Director
Les lunatiques
Director
Création de la serpentine
Director
L'aspirateur
Director
L'insaisissable pickpocket
Director
Cuisine abracadabrante
Director
De Geheimzinnige Koffer
Director
Les glaces merveilleuses
Director
Les Kiriki, acrobates japonais
Director
Le pied de mouton
Director of Photography
La maison ensorcelée
Director
La maison ensorcelée
Screenplay
En avant la musique
Director
Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs
Director
L'étang enchanté
Director
Le pêcheur de perles
Director of Photography
Satan s'amuse
Director
La boîte à cigares
Director of Photography
La boîte à cigares
Director
Les chrysanthèmes
Director
Les chrysanthèmes
Writer
La fée des roches noires
Director
Les Oeufs De Pâques
Director
Les tulipes
Director
Le sculpteur express
Director
Les flammes diaboliques
Director
Le bailleur
Director
Les verres enchantés
Director of Photography
Les verres enchantés
Director
Le scarabée d'or
Director
Le spectre rouge
Director
Le spectre rouge
Writer
Métempsycose
Director
Métempsycose
Writer
L'antre de la sorcière
Director
Boby et sa famille
Director
Les roses magiques
Director
Le troubadour
Director
La fée aux pigeons
Director of Photography
La fée aux pigeons
Director
L'obsession de l'or
Director
Le tour du monde d'un policier
Director of Photography
Les cent trucs
Director
Marriage du roi d'espagne
Director
Voyage original
Director
Hallucination musicale
Director
L'écrin du rajah
Director of Photography
L'écrin du rajah
Special Effects
Le bon juge
Director
Ah! La barbe!
Director
Les fleurs animées
Director of Photography
Plongeur fantastique
Director
Le théâtre de Bob
Director
Le charmeur
Director
Le sorcier arabe
Director
Le courant éléctrique
Director
La fée aux fleurs
Director of Photography
Créations renversantes
Director
Créations renversantes
Screenplay
Le roi des dollars
Director
Los héroes del sitio de Zaragoza
Director of Photography
Los héroes del sitio de Zaragoza
Director
Los héroes del sitio de Zaragoza
Screenplay
Los guapos del parque
Director
La nuit épouvantable
Director
Dévaliseurs nocturnes
Special Effects
Barcelone - Parc au crépuscule
Director of Photography
Barcelone - Parc au crépuscule
Director
Réception de sa majesté Alphonse XIII à Barcelone
Director
Loie Fuller
Director
La fée printemps
Director
Danses algériennes 1. Danse des Ouléd-Naïd
Director

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