If you have seen much 1950's through about 1990 TV and film, you know the work of Howard A. Anderson, who passed away recently at the ripe age of 95.
Howard Anderson, of course, ran the Howard Anderson company. One of several optical houses for 60's Star Trek, Anderson's house is one of only two to shoot the 11-foot Enterprise model. Most of the techniques used on Trek had never been done on that scale in TV, and much of it was brand-new, period.
Marc Cushman notes in his fantastic "These Are the Voyages" books the sad story of how the crushing workload of doing unheard if levels of complex opticals on a 1960's budget and schedule drove Anderson into a nervous breakdown. Originally the sole contractor for Trek, the workload had to be broken up between four effects houses.
Howard A. Anderson helped lay the groundwork for the next three decades of optical work, and much of what his company developed is still the basis for the approach of much digital workflow. Anderson refined much in the way of traveling mattes, as was able to perform some of the first of what we call "motion control" shots.
Anderson was also an iconic title designer, including Twilight Zone, Mission Impossible, Brady Bunch, Wonder Woman, Love Boat and Cheers, among many others.
Respect for a fallen master