Huebner, was a Primary Production Illustrator, a Film Designer,
a Conceptual Artist and Visual Choreographer of Complicated Sequences,
and a unique Conceptual Story Board Artist. He was very accomplished
in all aspects of Film Making. But due to his expertise he would
also be asked to do a painting for a film. A few of them are represented
film is a Classic. It was the first Science Fiction Film to make
use of modern technology. It made incredible and long lasting
impact. Although the paintings were not created as props and therefore
not seen on camera, so not really eligible for "Film Paintings",
and no doubt are more appropriate "Production Designs",
under 'Drawings'; never-the-less I felt they deserved to be displayed
under Film Paintings, due to their exciting look. I know they
don't belong under Fine Art, but Nostalgia prompted me to place
very many Pre Production meetings, Mentor and Irving Block, the
writer/director for the film, met in our kitchen and over strong
coffee, had lively discussions, about the film and art and everything
else. At the time I was unaware this film would become a significant
part of our lives. Not Mentor, nor Irving Block, nor I had any
idea it would last forever.
and Louis Barron composed the exciting electronic very appropriate
music for the film. Then years later, coincidentally, when I cut
my album, "Seduction Through Witchcraft" at Warner Bros.
Recording Studios, the popular composers were hired to create
the haunting back ground for my spoken words.
all four bonded. The association was very 'Cosmic' and always
created the Conceptual Designs for Robbie the Robot, the main
character of the film. Everyone in the Industry knows this. But
the general public believes that the mechanical design was the
original. Not so. Mentor had the vision. He designed Robbie and
Mentor Huebner (c) 1955
worked on many epic films. This Blake Edwards film also won the
Oscar after receiving numerous nominations. Although the film
was released in 1965, Mentor had created many of the designs in
Mentor not only designed the scenes he was also responsible for
deigning every single vehicle which were a vital part to the film.
A bit of Trivia: Because Mentor had designed so much of this film
he immediately was contracted to create designs for the film Fortune
Cookie. And thanks to Mentor working on that film and thanks also
to a very happy of lucky Public Relations guy at the Studio, I
was Invited to the Set and asked to do the Astrological Charts
for the Leads: Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
And then later on , thanks to all of that, one Saturday afternoon,
while shopping at the Antique Guild in Culver City, Mentor and
I bumped into Jack Lemmon, and he flirted with me. He was very
Please return to this spot as I intend to display many of the
Great Race Production Drawings and Paintings once they are scanned.
THE GREAT RACE
A Conceptual Design Production Painting
Mentor Huebner (c) 1964
transparencies of the paintings and drawings created by Motion
Picture industry Icon, Mentor Huebner, were shot by two talented
brothers, Academy Award wining Visual Effects Artist's, Robert
and Dennis Skotak. ~ Robert Skotak is an Effects Supervisor, Film
Historian, Writer, Author, Editor and Publisher. Dennis Skotak
is a Cinematographer, Lighting and Color Expert. The Skotaks working
as a team are the exclusive archivists and official photographers
for the collection of Mentor Huebner's artwork.