The Art of Ray Harryhausen

The Art of Ray Harryhausen

Book - 2005
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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 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.

Publisher: London : Aurum Press, c2005
ISBN: 9781845131142
Branch Call Number: 778.5345 HAR NVD
Additional Contributors: Dalton, Tony 1944-


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theorbys Feb 08, 2012

If you are a Harryhausen fan or interested in pre CGI sfx movies this is the book. Lots of great drawings, paintings, models, sketches, sculptures, and more, all of it with personal comments by Harryhausen. Just leafing through it is a pleasure, and I immediately started watching the fabulous Sinbad movies again to see it all in action.

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