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Ralph Martin Nielsen Edit Profile

expert , production designer , Sound Engineer

Ralph Martin Nielsen, American production designer, special effects expert, sound engineer. Founding member Johnson County Comty. Theater, Johnson County Arts Council, 1995; member Boone Film Committee; Member Tennessee Film and Tape Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Northeast Tennessee Film and Video Association, 1995, Johnson County Chamber of C., Themed Entertainment Association (founding member).

Background

Nielsen, Ralph Martin was born on March 22, 1941 in Miami, Florida, United States. Son of Faris Martin Aston and Marguerite (Hand) Nielsen.

Education

Student, Florida State University, 1959, 60;student, University Miami, 1961-1965.

Career

Exhibit builder Museum of Science, Miami, 1962-1965. Production designer Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, California, since 1969, Spectra F/X, Camarillo, since 1989. Owner, director Mountain Ear Productions, Mountain City, Tennessee, since 1984.

Audio engineer, archivist National Association for Perpetuation of Professional Storytellers, Jonesboro, Tennessee, since 1986. Concept engineer Miningtown Skunkworks, Mountain City, since 1993. Freelance film/video camera operator British Broadcasting Corporation, Columbia Broadcasting System, NBC, ABC, Cablevision.

Freelance technical director, practical effects artist. Technical consultant various theme parks, since 1969. Art director, set director, action props and special effects artist Rick Levine Productions, Jenkins, Covington Productions, Cooper, Dennis & Hirsch Productions, Steve Horn Productions, Whole Hog Productions, Universal, Paramont, Burbank, Columbia Broadcasting System, Disney and TOHO Studios.

Guest instructor University Miami, University Central Florida and Valencia Community College, 1988. Technical specialist Swan/Dolphin Hotels, Orlando, 1988-1989, Pleasure Island Adult Entertainment Complex, Orlando, 1988-1989, Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando, 1988-1989, Euro-Disneyland, Paris, 1988-1989.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Producer (documentary series) How, What, Why?, 1982-1983. Technical director (promotional video) Elk River Club, 1984, Realty World/Carolina Association, 1984-1985, High Country Realty, 1984-1985. Scenic production artisan Julio Iglesias World Tour, 1986, Star Tours, Disneyland, 1986, Time Machine Sea World, Cleveland, 1986.

      Production designer Norway Pavilion EPCOT Center, Orlando, Florida, 1986. Field art director Submarine Ride Rehab Disneyland, 1986, tree and foliage production and installation Norway Pavilion EPCOT Center, 1988-1989, Tiki Room Que Area Rockwork Tokyo Disneyland, 1988-1989, Down the Hatch Sandwich Bar, Gertie's Dinosaur Ice Cream Bar and Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular Disney/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Theme Park, 1988-1989. Technical director Parting of Red Sea and Creature from the Black Lagoon Universal Studios Tour, 1987.

      Technical specialist Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Catastrophe Canyon, Great Moments at the Movies, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Star Tours Preshow, Special Effects Shop Props, Special Effects Tank Model/Action Props, Acme Warehouse/Roger Rabbit Props and Back Lot Bone Yard, Disney/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Theme Park, Orlando, 1988-1989. Production designer Norway Pavilion EPCOT Center, 1986, Star Tours Disneyland, 1986, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Great Moments at the Movies, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Back Lot Bone Yard Disney/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Theme Park, 1988-1989. Technical representative, project manager giant grass fiberglass construction and installation Honey I Shrunk the Kids, 1990.

      Design consultant giant grass production Honey I Shrunk the Kids, 1990, EuroDisneyland, 1991, Splash Mountain Walt Disney World, 1991. Field art director 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Submarine Ride Rehab Walt Disney World, 1990, safety enhancements Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Muppets Area Development, Ewok Village Queue Enhancements and Great Movie Ride safety enhancements Disney/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Theme Park, 1991, Thatch Roofing Research and Development, Fantasyland Hub Planters, Adventureland Planters and Main Street Train Station Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, 1991. Art director Honey I Shrunk the Kids Web Climber Enhancements Disney/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Theme Park, 1992, Typhoon Lagoon and Splash Mountain Walt Disney World, 1992.

      Technical director, cameraman (video) Angela, 1992. Prop builder, principal furniture (television show) Christy, 1993. Prop builder (television motion picture) Bandit, 1993.

      Producer, director (television special) Doc Watson, 1993. Art director Ewok Village Disney/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Theme Park, 1994, Sunset Boulevard and Tower of Terror, 1994, Toontown, Tokyo Disneyland, 1995. Design consultant Opryland, Opryland Hotel Delta Expansion Project, 1995, 96.

      Prop master (television show) Unsolved Mysteries, 1995, vice president design production, Unchained Duck Studios Interpretive Exhibits for North Carolina Department Environmental Health and Natural Rescoures, 1996, 97, production designer, Disney Animal Kingdom Asia Tiger Compound.

Membership

Founding member Johnson County Comty. Theater, Johnson County Arts Council, 1995. Member Boone Film Committee.

Member Tennessee Film and Tape Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Northeast Tennessee Film and Video Association, 1995, Johnson County Chamber of C., Themed Entertainment Association (founding member).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: robotics, anthropolgy, herbalist, nature.

Connections

Married Pat Sullivan (divorced). 1 child, Martina Marie. Married Marci Lynn Gilbert, May 8, 1982.

father:
Faris Martin Aston Nielsen

mother:
Marguerite (Hand) Nielsen

spouse:
Pat Sullivan

spouse:
Marci Lynn Gilbert

child:
Martina Marie Nielsen