I Was a Teenage Movie Maker: The Book

Overview

In 1953, a nine-year-old boy watched a prehistoric film called Beast From 20,000 Fathoms featuring the special effect magic of Ray Harryhausen. Enthralled by the movie but unsatisfied with what was available for at-home movie consumption, he decided to make his own science fiction thriller from dinosaurs to superheroes. This volume takes a firsthand look at the movie-making career of Don Glut. Beginning with his first movie, Diplodocus At Large, at age nine, it explores Glut's various attempts and the ...
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Overview

In 1953, a nine-year-old boy watched a prehistoric film called Beast From 20,000 Fathoms featuring the special effect magic of Ray Harryhausen. Enthralled by the movie but unsatisfied with what was available for at-home movie consumption, he decided to make his own science fiction thriller from dinosaurs to superheroes. This volume takes a firsthand look at the movie-making career of Don Glut. Beginning with his first movie, Diplodocus At Large, at age nine, it explores Glut's various attempts and the increasingly creative processes he used to bring his vision to life. Through the course of the work, Glut discusses his filmmaking experiences at the University of Southern California; the inspiration he received (and gave) through fanzines such as Famous Monsters of Filmland and Castle of Frankenstein; and the interest which his movies still generate. Films discussed include The Earth Before Man, Spy Smasher vs. the Purple Monster, Dinosaur Valley Girls, and Frankenstein Meets Dracula. A chronological filmography lists each of Glut's 41 films with notes regarding cast and a brief synopsis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430413
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/18/2007
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald F. Glut is a prolific book and article writer, and movie producer-director. Among his many works are Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia (1997) and its Supplement 1 (1999), Supplement 2 (2002), Supplement 3 (2003), Supplement 4 (2006), Jurassic Classics (2001) and Carbon Dates (1999). He lives in Burbank, California.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Bill Warren     1
Prehistoric Beginnings     5
Frankenstein Lives Again     19
Make-ups and (at Last) Stop Motion     34
Beasts in Black Leather     47
My Science Projects     55
Last Rumble     66
Gorilla in the Gym     83
Hollywood Screenings     94
Superhero Origins     101
How I Spent My (1963) Summer Vacation     112
Accepted-and Almost Crippled     126
Leaving Home     140
At Last, USC Film School     146
Trouble in Paradise     156
Surviving Film School     167
Underground Superheroes     179
Final Fade Out     187
Not Yet "The End"     192
Filmography     203
Index     213
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