Stuart V. Jewell, a cinematographer and pioneer in time-lapse photography, died of cancer July 13 at his home in Costa Mesa. He was 84.
Jewell served as a cinematographer on several of Walt Disney Pictures’ “True-Life Adventures” features including the 1953 Academy Award-winner “The Living Desert” and the 1956 feature “Secrets of Life.” He also helped develop many of the time-lapse techniques used in those films.
In addition to his work for Disney, Jewell shot a wide variety of wildlife stock footage for numerous documentaries and television programs.
At the time of his death, he was working on a docu about a steam engine journey from Berlin to Vladivostok titled “Siberian Fiery Dragons.”
Jewell is survived by his wife, Irene, and a sister.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in his name to the American Cancer Society.