The Art of Ray Harryhausen

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Aurum, 2005 - Animated films - 230 pages
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In An Animated Life (Aurum, 2003) Ray Harryhausen told the story of his career as the acknowledged grandmaster of special effects in the pre-computer era, the creator of classics such as One Million Years BC, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of Titans. In this new book the focus is not on the movies themselves, but on the vast hoard of artwork which Harryhausen has carefully preserved in his London home. These include preliminary sketches, elaborate drawings of key scenes and carefully plotted storyboards, all produced as he sought backing for his next venture and prepared to undertake the laborious task of animating the prehistoric creatures, aliens and mythical monsters which stole scene after scene from the human actors. There are also the tiny, elaborately articulated models which Harryhausen created to play these roles and the bronzes which he cast to preserve their forms in perpetuity. This stunning array of images is a tribute to the scope of Harryhausen's imagination and his artistic skills which no student of special effects or cinema history will want to be without.

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User Review  - Robert Morganbesser - Goodreads

If one is a Ray Harryhausen fan, this book, full of illustrations by the master himself, should be on your shelf! Read full review

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User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

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 for more than 30 years, having met him when he was first working at the British Film Institute. He was involved in the publicity for Star Wars, Towering Inferno, and The Omen, and now runs his own archive research company. Together they wrote Ray's autobiography, An Animated Life, and A Century of Model Animation.

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