The Art of Ray Harryhausen

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Filled with incredible reproductions of drawings and models relating to a long and frenetic life in filmmaking and stop-motion animation, this beautifully presented pictorial history documents the influential director and artist's creative process—from sketch to motion picture realization. Illustrating how Harryhausen was inspired in his youth from seeing the groundbreaking animation in the 1933 version of King Kong, this remarkable collection showcases Harryhausen's immense talent—and the processes undertaken to produce revolutionary milestones in filmmaking, such as Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts—and is an essential resource for cinephiles and collectors of classic film memorabilia.

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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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Fantasy-film geeks revere Harryhausen's technically dazzling, meticulously crafted movies employing the painstaking technique of stop-motion animation. This coffee-table volume showcases the material Harryhausen discovered in his archives while researching Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life (2004). Harryhausen stresses that this book isn't as much about animation as about the previsualization that precedes making the models that will be filmed; accordingly, it focuses on sketches, key drawings, storyboards, and preliminary clay models rather than film stills. Thematic chapters cover Harryhausen's early work, including his stint with animation legend Willis O'Brien on the King Kong quasi sequel, Mighty Joe Young; dinosaur movies, such as One Million Years B.C.; sci-fi flicks such as the 1953 War of the Worlds; and the series of films portraying the adventures of Sinbad of, more or less, the Arabian Nights. Like O'Brien before him, Harryhausen hugely influenced younger filmmakers. In the introduction, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson says he grew up wanting to become Harryhausen's apprentice and notes that the animator's films "have lost none of their ability to provoke wonder." Gordon Flagg
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