As you make your way down Hollywood Boulevard, towards the Sorcerer's Hat, on your left you will find a bronzed statue of a cameraman working a movie camera. Underneath the statue is a sign with a quote, "Movies are a medium of expression like a symphony orchestra.. or a painter's brush or canvas" -Walt Disney. Why is this life sized statue there and who is it?
The statue was made by Aldo and Andrea Favilli in 1995. Andrea Favilli was a Disney Imaginner, who joined Imagineering in 1987 as a laead concept designer. Favilli worked on a number of projects in Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney Island, Pleasure Island, the Animal Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
The statue itself is based on the original statue that Andrea made with his father that is located in Hollywood across from the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank. Interestingly enough, the original statue was commissioned by Roy E. Disney and Shamrock Holdings, which was meant to be a piece of art that celebrated the art of film making.
The man in the statue is a generic film maker, not based on anyone per se. Imagineers had a replica built at the Studios since the statue's message of honoring film making fit in perfectly with the theme park.