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Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life
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Inspired by the film King Kong at the age of 13, Ray Harryhausen knew his future lay in special effects. Throughout his long and storied career, Ray took the art and skill of stop-motion animation to new heights, weaving his magic on dinosaurs, aliens, and mythological creatures alike. In this enthralling autobiography, the last great animator before the introduction of CGI explains the pleasures and pitfalls of 60 years of bringing inanimate objects to life. He provides a range of insider secrets as well, including how Raquel Welch was picked up by a flying dinosaur in One Million Years BC; why the octopus in Mysterious Island only had 6 tentacles; and what Medusa's blood was made from in Clash of the Titans. Ray also explains the basics of special effects and stop-motion animation and details what it like working with some of the biggest film stars of the day, including Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Lionel Jeffries. Anecdotal, insightful, and honest, this essential autobiography also features hundreds of photographs from Ray's personal archive.
From the age of thirteen Ray Harryhausen knew his future lay in special effects. Drawing inspiration from his mentor Willis O’Brien, creator of King Kong, Ray took the art and skill of stop-motion animation one step further, weaving his magic on dinosaurs, aliens and mythological creatures alike.
From early experiments with animating fairy tales in his father’s garage to creating groundbreaking effects for blockbuster movies, Ray Harryhausen shares the fascinating story of his “animated life”. The last great animator before the introduction of CGI, he takes us through the pleasures and pitfalls of sixty years dedicated to making movie magic.
About the Author
Tony Dalton is a film historian and the coauthor of A Century of Stop-Motion Animation and The Art of Ray Harryhausen. Ray Bradbury is one of the most popular 20th century writers of speculative fiction, best known for Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
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