1930s

 

1938

 
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MARIE ANTOINETTE

Marie Antoinette is released. The film itself cost $2. 9 million dollars, an enormous budget for the time period. It featured an expensive array of costumes and set designs, inspired by actual French fashion and architecture of the time. The film's costumes are among the most expensive in film history. Johnson illustrated for the film. It was later was nominated an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Cedric Gibbons.

 
 

1940s

 

1944

 
 

GASLIGHT

Gaslight is released.Johnson's charcoal sketches contributed to the look of the film. The film is known for it's exquisite Victorian-era set, attributed to the obscure at the time, Paul Huldschinsky. Huldschinsky along with Gibbons and several others won Oscars for best Art Direction.

 
 

1950s

 

1953

 
 

DISNEY IMAGINEER

In the early 1950's, Johnson began working for Disney as an imagineer. His friend and mentor, Herbert D. Ryman pulled him from the film industry to Disney. Johnson was known for his rough charcoal sketches, but Disney required his work to be more precise. They allowed him to take his time. He drew the very first sketches of Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.