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Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life.

Harryhausen, Ray & Tony Dalton.

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ISBN 10: 0823084027 / ISBN 13: 9780823084029
Published by Billboard Books, New York, 2003
Condition: Good Hardcover
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303 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition but slight wear about edge of dustjacket. ANIMATION. Takes us through the pleasures and pitfalls of sixty years of bringing inanimate objects to life. Anecdotal, insightful, and honest, features hundreds of previously unpublished photos from Harryhausen's personal archive. Explains the basics of special effects and stop-motion animation, what working with the film stars of the day was like and how his creations were really the stars of the movies. Includes 366 color and 691 black and white illustrations. (Key Words: Animation, Movies, Film, Ray Harryhausen, Tony Dalton, Tony, Mighty Joe Young, Cinema History, Sci-fi, Science Fiction). Bookseller Inventory # 15136X2

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Title: Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life.

Publisher: Billboard Books, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Second Printing..

Book Type: book

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Ray Harryhausen is arguably the greatest stop-motion animator in the history of motion pictures, blazing new trails in special effects from the 1950s to the 1980s creating realistic dinosaurs, fantastic aliens, and imaginative mythological creatures. In the animator's own words, accompanied by hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, sketches, and storyboards from his personal archive, this book details Harryhausen's entire film career, from 20 Million Miles to Earth and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers to Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts. In words and images, this book explains the basics of special effects and stop-motion animation, along the way telling entertaining tales of working with the film stars of the day, such as Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Lionel Jeffries. Film buffs will relish such revelations as how Raquel Welch was picked up by a flying dinosaur in One Million Years B.C., why the octopus in Mysterious Island was really only a sixtopus, and what Medusa's blood was made from in Clash of the Titans.

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Ray Harryhausen continues to provide talks and lectures on animation. An American now residing in London, he is the author of The Tortoise and the Hare. Tony Dalton is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet who has written for Broadcast and Variety magazines. He was involved with the publicity for Star Wars, Towering Inferno, and The Omen. He lives in London. Ray Bradbury is the legendary author of fantasy and science fiction works, including The Martian Chronicles. He is a winner of the Nebula, Prometheus, O. Henry Memorial, Balrog, Bram Stoker, Benjamin Franklin, Aviation-Space Writers, and World Fantasy awards. He lives in Los Angeles.

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