Philippe Guidobaldi was working from the later 1920s as an independent film set designer, model maker and miniature specialist in Britain. He worked for Gaumont including King of the Damned (1935, Balcon) and Jack Ahoy! (1934, Balcon) and later joined Gainsborough Pictures where he was responsible for developing miniature sets and models and innovative special effects for a number of films including Millions Like Us (1943, Launder and Gilliat) and others in the postwar period.
Guidobaldi worked closely with Herbert Ponting with the production of the latter's classic film record of Scott's journey to the Antarctic 90° South. The Undying Story of Captain Scott (1933). Guidobaldi was responsible for the title sequences, maps, special effects and models used in the film. This collaboration seems to have extended into a personal friendship between the two men.