Benjamin A. Resella

Benjamin A. Resella (May 14th, 1917 – March 24th, 2009)
RESELLA, Benjamin A. Hollywood scenic artist dies at 91. Mr. Resella was the perspective genius behind Hollywood’s scenic backings for over 30 years, in movies such as Hello Dolly, Earthquake, Star Trek and many others. His family and friends remember him as a man of creativity, ingenuity and passion for life. He was a WWII veteran and a survivor of the Bataan Death March.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Consuelo, and he remains an inspiration to his seven children, nineteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


I started this blog almost a year ago to the day. Seems like only yesterday… I started this blog to share my photography. It’s been a passion that I’ve had ever since high school. Although photography never panned out for me as a career I have no regrets. I love taking photos as a hobby and for fun, it’s the Resella art side that I get it from. I’ve got hundreds of photos from my last couple of trips: Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle. Those photos will be posted over the next couple of weeks hopefully. Very rarely do I take a break from blogging about my photography but this one of those posts.

This post is dedicated to my grandpa who has been a great inspiration in my life, our family and all who knew him and his story. One of my favorite quotes from him was this: “I have a lot of imagination. Imagination is useless if you cannot put it on something. What’s the use of imagination in your brain? It’s not doing anything in there. You have to put [your imagination] on a sculpture, a drawing or paintings, or whatever, you have to put it down so people can see it.” -Benjamin A. Resella

To our family: Many of you have expressed that you wanted copies of the images below. I have provided a link at the bottom of each photo to download the high resolution version to get prints done. If you have trouble email me and I’ll send you the files.

I purchased my current camera the Canon 40D last March. The second day I had the camera I was able to attend the book signing for Filipinos in Hollywood in Historic Filipino Town. As I look at the file names, that event was the first 200 images that I took with that camera and how fitting that it was of my grandpa. Here are some photos from this event:

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The hat says Motion Picture Television Fund – Grandpa loved to show off his hat. He was very proud of it and all the hard work that it took to get it. The Motion Picture Television Fund is an exclusive retirement community for members of the motion picture industry.

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Grandpa was telling the story about how we was discovered at The San Francisco Opera house… how he was told to report to 20th Century Fox in Hollywood.. his first day on the job and the big gates…The security guard asking him if he thought he could do the job. . the rest is history.. It was the first time that I had heard the story and it was truly inspiring for me and everyone there.

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Ben Resella with Marie Tang.. Marie was filming a documentary about my grandpa that will hopefully be released soon for everyone to see.

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Signing autographs for the fans.. those books are going to be worth a lot!

For more pictures here is the set on my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157616479928833/

My first real post for this blog was my grandparent’s 65th Wedding Anniversary: http://ryanresella.com/2008/04/10/65-years-of-success/ .

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This is my favorite photograph that I took of my grandpa. It’s from the 65th Wedding Anniversary. This is my favorite photo because it tells such a story…   He has such a proud happy look and only he knows what he is thinking.

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Grandpa with Robin and Rodney.. telling them about many of the ideas he has..

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Marie filming additional documentary footage…

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All the grandchildren and great grandchildren

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Typical photo of grandpa pacing back and forth…

The following photos are very personal and private. So far this event was the most difficult in my life to take photos, but I felt that it had to be documented…

The Memorial Services…

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Sgt. Benjamin A. Resella a World War II veteran being saluted..
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Being laid to rest..

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Folding of the American Flag…

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Presenting the American Flag..

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Roses from the grandchildren

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All the grandchildren…

The rest of the photos from this set can be seen here on my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157616499484579/

Here is the collage of all the movies that Grandpa worked on..
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Here is the video that was played at the reception. Thank you Marie Tang for sharing it with us. This video was very inspiring and personal.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Benjamin A. Resella was an amazing man who never gave up on living his dreams. He is an inspiration to all of us and like Joy said.. he made you proud to be a Resella.

“Having a dream is not enough. Live it. Don’t miss your destiny” -Ben A. Resella

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1 comment so far

  1. David on

    Dear Ryan-
    I am proud to be related to you.
    Your love and passion for your work
    is so obvious. You have such a wonderful
    gift. Use it well.
    Uncle David-


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