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Art of Ray Harryhausen book coverRay Harryhausen is an originator and compulsive creator in the field of special effects. He’s most well known for his stop motion animation. Dinosaurs, fairy tales, skeleton armies, giant bees, ancient mythology, mechanical owls, Sinbad and cyclopses – Harryhausen has made them all. The Art of Ray Harryhausen showcases the development of Harryhausen’s career. Early inspiration points – like the 1925 film The Lost World and architect Joseph Gandy – are explored. Harryhausen’s own work is divided into categories (aliens, creatures, prehistoric, etc.) wherein personal essays accompany preliminary sketches, storyboards, models and more. Once you’ve seen the still frames try one of Harryhausen’s films; The Clash of the Titans is a classic.

By MPPL on May 20, 2010 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Movies and TV, Nonfiction

2 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I can remember watching Clash of the Titans as a child and having my Dad tell me how they did the stop animation for it. For his time Ray Harryhausen was a special effects master. Who can forget the skeleton warriors that Jason has to fight to get the golden fleece. As a side note, Pixars Monsters Inc. gives a tribute, the restaurant that Mike takes Celia to is named Harry Hausen.

  2. Cathleen says:

    I can’t believe I had forgotten about Harry Hausen! I literally laughed out loud in the theater during that wink in Monsters, Inc., and there were precious few of us who got it. Thanks for bringing back a memory!