Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

An Animated Life

Book - 2004
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Currently unavailable - please check back for updates 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 In the animator's own words, accompanied by hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, sketches, and storyboards from his personal archive, this book details Harryhausen's entire film career, from20 Million Miles to EarthandEarth vs. The Flying SaucerstoClash of the TitansandJason 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 inOne Million Years B.C., why the octopus inMysterious Islandwas really only a sixtopus, and what Medusa's blood was made from inClash of the Titans. • Ray Harryhausen created the amazing creatures in such acclaimed movies asThe 7th Voyage of Sinbad,Jason and the Argonauts, andClash of the Titans. • Contains previously unpublished hehind-the-scenes photographs, concept sketches, and movie production drawings. • Provides a frame-by-frame breakdown of the animation techniques used.
Publisher: New York : Billboard Books, 2004, c2003
ISBN: 0823084027
Characteristics: 303 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Dalton, Tony 1947-


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Dec 11, 2015

If there were any justice, Ray Harryhausen would be as well known as John Ford & Howard Hawks. He is, arguably, the most important animator/special effects man of his time and his work includes "Jason and the Argonauts," "First Men in the Moon," "10,000 Years B.C.," the "Sinbad" series, and "Clash of the Titans." His menagerie of creatures, almost all of which were stop motion, may look quaint by our ultra-slick & realistic standards, but they have charm, homemade quality, and fantastical element that most computer generated characters lack. Harryhausen covers his career in an informative, low key, and self-effacing way. The book is full of cool photos, stills, drawings, story boards, and posters.


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