Silver plate given by Orson Welles to Ted Lloyd
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Silver plate given to leading British cinematographer Ted Lloyd by Orson Welles after working together on a Television film on 'Moby Dick' in 1955. The plate is inscribed with a 'handwritten' message in the silver ; 'For Ted with thanks from Orson (signature) summer 1955. Ted Lloyd (1913-1987) worked for many years as a cameraman in the British film and TV industries. He started work in 1932 as an assistant to Arthur Crabtree at Gaumont-British, working on titles such as Hitchcock's 'The Thirty Nine Steps' and Victor Saville's 'Evergreen' and was one of the first members of the trade union, the ACT. After RAF service Ted joined the BBC films section , largely making documentaries and spearheading new panning techniques until he was appointed Chief Cameraman at Rediffusion Television. In 1955 he worked on an 'Omnibus' programme on 'Moby Dick' with Orson Welles and they became friends; Welles presenting this plate to Ted in gratitude for all his help. In later years he worked for Thames TV on series like 'Mountbatten', ending his career as Head of Films Quality Technical Control at the company in 1973. His colleague Gilbert Knight wrote on his death that; 'Ted was such a perfectionist that he never let any filming error go uncorrected and this had the effect of encouraging confidence in the rest of the production team. He inspired his personnel to great effect. He was a great cine technician'.