Dennis Ayling

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Dennis Leslie Ayling (born June 23, 1917 in Finchley , London , England , † October 24, 1998 in Ealing , London, England) was a British film director , cameraman and film technician who specialized in visual effects .


Ayling originally worked in the advertising sector of the UK industry . During the Second World War , he fought in the Photo Reconnaissance Squadron of the Royal Air Force in Burma , where he also took photos of the Japanese surrender.

At the beginning of his career in the film business , Ayling worked as a director and cameraman for several short and documentary films. In 1980, Ayling, along with colleagues HR Giger , Carlo Rambaldi , Brian Johnson and Nick Allder, was awarded the Oscar in the Best Visual Effects category for their work on the film Alien, directed by Ridley Scott . His job on this project consisted of illuminating and filming the miniatures he had made . His first name was incorrectly spelled as Denys in the credits , which earned him this as a nickname .

Ayling was a member of the British Society of Cinematographers , the Academy of Cinematographers in the United Kingdom.

Filmography (selection)

As a cameraman:

As a director:

visual effects:


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Alien (page 4)