Ray Harryhausen's Fantasy Scrapbook: Models, Artwork and Memories from 65 Years of Filmmaking

Ray Harryhausen's Fantasy Scrapbook: Models, Artwork and Memories from 65 Years of Filmmaking

by Ray Harryhausen, Tony Dalton
     
 

Ray Harryhausen is one of the most innovative and influential film animators in the history of the medium, responsible for such classic films as Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Clash of the Titans and One Million Years BC. A pioneer of stop-motion animation he has won countless awards, including a star on the Hollwood Walk of Fame, and inspired

Overview

Ray Harryhausen is one of the most innovative and influential film animators in the history of the medium, responsible for such classic films as Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Clash of the Titans and One Million Years BC. A pioneer of stop-motion animation he has won countless awards, including a star on the Hollwood Walk of Fame, and inspired numerous film-makers, such as Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas and Peter Jackson. Ray’s story has been told in books such as An Animated Life and many of his concept drawings and models have appeared in The Art of Ray Harryhausen (both of which books were also published by Aurum). This new book reveals a wealth of fascinating artefacts relating to his films that has never been seen before, many of them recently discovered in a garage in Los Angeles. Designed in the form of a scrapbook, it provides a visual feast for Harryhausen fans. There are models from unrealized projects, such as dinosaurs from the unfinished film Evolution; prints of outtakes from various films including The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; early concept drawings and storyboards; colour transparencies of Ray at work; written artefacts such as letters and production budgets and a diary that details Ray’s first meeting with his mentor Willis O’Brien; early film treatments and script extracts; publicity posters and brochures; and much, much more. Some of the items show Ray’s earliest artistic endeavours such as watercolours painted when he was 15 years old and marionettes of creatures from King Kong that he made when he saw the film in 1933. Organized into themed chapters covering the different genres that Ray worked in, each film is given a brief introduction and every image has a detailed caption. In many cases images are juxtaposed to show how a creature or effect evolved or to compare a concept drawing with a still from the finished film. The result is a treasure trove of rare artefacts and material which not only offer new insights into how Ray created particular effects, but bring the worlds of his films to life in a new way and paint a fascinating visual portrait of the man himself and his creative imagination. This is a must for every Ray Harryhausen fan.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in the special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much."  —George Lucas

"Ray's films, his fantastic visions, his dreams, waking nightmares, whatever he has put into our collective consciousness over the years have jump-started the imaginations of a whole generation of film-makers."  —James Cameron

"I salute him every day."  —Steven Spielberg

"Harryhausen is a living legend and his remembrances of the epic fantasy films he helped create...will be welcomed by his many fans and film heads." —Library Journal

"[A] visual feast as well as a thorough autobiography" and "a must-see for all movie lovers."  —NewsOK.com 

"[T]he book is set up so beautifully that it is hard to turn the page."  —Media Mikes 

"Fascinating...highly recommended for film buffs."  —Parka Blogs

"Worthwhile for those who want to know every little detail."  —Cinefantastique Online

Library Journal
It could be said that special effects wizardry in modern films isn't a product of technology and cutting-edge computer software but rather owes its existence to a 13-year-old boy sitting in a movie theater in 1933 who was about to set forth on a lifelong journey that began with his viewing of King Kong. The ripples of that epiphany still resonate today through filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and Peter Jackson, who were influenced by Harryhausen's work a generation later. This third volume in Harryhausen's memoirs again relates his story through the models and effects he devised for many memorable productions beginning with 1949's Mighty Joe Young. Each chapter covers a single title with a brief overview plus drawings, photos, models, storyboards, sketches, etc., with captions. VERDICT Harryhausen is a living legend and his remembrances of the epic fantasy films he helped create, which paved the way for effects-laden notables ranging from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to The Terminator to The Lord of the Rings, will be welcomed by his many fans and film heads.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845135577
Publisher:
Aurum Press
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Tony Dalton is a writer and film historian who has known Ray Harryhausen for over thirty years. They met whilst Tony was working for the British Film Institute and have been close friends ever since. Tony has worked as a film publicist, television researcher and producer. Today, in addition to writing, he is a consultant to The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (Bafta). He is also curator of the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation.Tony Dalton is a writer and film historian who has known Ray Harryhausen for over thirty years. They met whilst Tony was working for the British Film Institute and have been close friends ever since. Tony has worked as a film publicist, television researcher and producer. Today, in addition to writing, he is a consultant to The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (Bafta). He is also curator of the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

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