According to the June DEFA Newsletter Eric Gunther died on April 30, 2021. He was 97. Born on December 25, 1923 Günther was a director, writer, cinematographer and visual and special effects man. He worked in the German film industry from 1955 until his final film Novalis - Die blaue Blume where he worked on special effects. He worked on special effects on the DEFA western “The Long Ride to School” 1982.