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Frank Van Tuyl Phillips was an American cinematographer and film teacher, who worked on many of the Disney films during the 1960s and 1970s. Having done some 2nd Unit photography for Walt Disney on Mary Poppins, The Gnome-Mobile, and Lt. Robin Crusoe USN, he was offered a contract to work full time on many of Disney's television projects and feature films, like Scandalous John, The Black Hole, Escape to Witch Mountain, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and The Shaggy D.A.

Phillips was born in Illinois but his moved to California later on. As a child, he was a neighborhood kid near Walt Disney's original garage studio. Dreaming of a football career at Notre Dame while attending Hollywood High School, he was befriended by the son of the manager of the Grumman's Chinese Theater. There was an opening for a summer job at Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios. he went from working in the laboratory shipping department to being a camera operator with Harry Stradling Sr. ASC taking him under his wing. In time, Frank was ready to operate and was given the opportunity on King Solomon's Mine, Singing in the Rain, Giant, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Barkleys of Broadway, and The Bad Seed.

With the television industry looking for experienced cameramen, Phillips soon found work on shows, like Navy Log, Have Gun Will Travel, The Cara Williams Show, 12 O'Clock High, Perry Mason, Hong Kong, Hotel de Paree, The Wild Wild West, Border Patrol, Gunsmoke, and Hawaii Five-0.

He died 5 days after his 82nd birthday.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1958-1976 The Magical World of Disney Cinematographer
Director of Photography
1964 Mary Poppins Second Unit Photography - uncredited
1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe USN Cinematographer - uncredited
1967 The Gnome-Mobile Second Unit Photography - uncredited
1967 Mosby's Marauders Director of Photography
1968 The Young Loner Cinematographer
1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Director of Photography
1969 Secrets of the Pirates' Inn Cinematographer
1969 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Director of Photography
1970 The Wild Country Cinematographer
1970 Scandalous John Director of Photography
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks Director of Photography
1971 The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove Director of Photography
1972 Now You See Him, Now You Don't Director of Photography
1972 Snowball Express Director of Photography
1973 The World's Greatest Athlete Director of Photography
1974 Hog Wild Cinematographer
1974 Herbie Rides Again Director of Photography
1974 Return of the Big Cat Cinematographer
1974 The Island at the Top of the World Director of Photography
1975 Escape to Witch Mountain Director of Photography
1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang Director of Photography
1976 The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper Cinematographer
1976 No Deposit, No Return Director of Photography
1976 Treasure of Matecumbe Director of Photography
1976 Gus Cinematographer
1976 The Shaggy D.A. Director of Photography
1977 Pete's Dragon Director of Photography
1978 Return from Witch Mountain Director of Photography
1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet Director of Photography
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Cinematographer
1979 The Black Hole Director of Photography
1980 Midnight Madness Director of Photography
1980 Herbie Goes Bananas Director of Photography