Stuart V. Jewell

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.

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