The art of Ray Harryhausen

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Aurum, Nov 25, 2005 - Art - 240 pages
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In An Animated Life (Aurum, 2003) Ray Harryhausen told the story of hisareer as the acknowledged grandmaster of special effects in the pre-computerra, the creator of classics such as One Million Years BC, Jason and thergonauts and Clash of Titans. In this new book the focus is not on theovies themselves, but on the vast hoard of artwork which Harryhausen hasarefully preserved in his London home. These include preliminary sketches,laborate drawings of key scenes and carefully plotted storyboards, allroduced as he sought backing for his next venture and prepared to undertakehe laborious task of animating the prehistoric creatures, aliens andythical monsters which stole scene after scene from the human actors. Therere also the tiny, elaborately articulated models which Harryhausen createdo play these roles and the bronzes which he cast to preserve their forms inerpetuity. This stunning array of images is a tribute to the scope ofarryhausen's imagination and his artistic skills which no student of specialffects or cinema history will want to be without.

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Harryhausen arguably is film�s most important animator, edging out even his mentor,Kong pioneer Willis O�Brien, on the sheer weight of his work. This companion volume to his ... Read full review

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A great overview of Mr. Harryhausen's concept sketches, key drawings, and models designed for movies that were and some that were scrapped. Some scrapped even would have been amazing to see (curse ... Read full review



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Ray Harryhausen is universally revered as the grandmaster of special effects in the pre-computer age. He received an honorary Oscar in 1992 and a star on the Hollywood walk of fame in 2003. Tony Dalton has known Ray formore than 30years, having met him when he was first working at the British Film Institute. He wasinvolved in the publicity for Star Wars, Towering Inferno, and The Omen, and now runs his own archive research company. Together they wroteRay's autobiography, An Animated Life, and A Century of Model Animation.

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