The Lost World of Willis O'Brien: The Original Shooting Script of the 1925 Landmark Special Effects Dinosaur Film, with Photographs

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Released in 1925 by First National Pictures, Willis O'Brien's The Lost World was a remarkably faithful adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's book and served as a direct inspiration for the 1931 film classic King Kong (1933). Its story depended as much on O'Brien's pioneering special effects as it did on acting or directing. Film historians have long noted the movie's impact on a generation of horror and fantasy directors and its continued impact on special effects.

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Overview

Released in 1925 by First National Pictures, Willis O'Brien's The Lost World was a remarkably faithful adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's book and served as a direct inspiration for the 1931 film classic King Kong (1933). Its story depended as much on O'Brien's pioneering special effects as it did on acting or directing. Film historians have long noted the movie's impact on a generation of horror and fantasy directors and its continued impact on special effects.

Today the film only exists in a greatly abridged version, with nearly half of the original footage missing. Through the original shooting script, the reader is able to reconstruct the "lost" scenes, imagining O'Brien's special effects genius. The editor also provides background information on the film's production. Many stills of the movie are included.

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a descriptive listing of the 1,003 shots that made up the last Lost World
Movie Collector's World
"reading this makes you realize what a great film was lost"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899508610
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Roy Kinnard is the author of numerous books on such topics Flash Gordon, science fiction serials, Fay Wray, horror, silent films and Willis O'Brien. He lives in Chicago.

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