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

John Landis , Ray Harryhausen , Tony Dalton
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1 Nov 2011

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.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135577
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Pretty special' **** four stars

(Empire magazine)

'An incredible compilation' **** four stars

(SciFi Now magazine)

‘A must buy for Ray’s fans, and an immensely interesting read for anyone with the remotest interest in animation, cinema history, or who just remembers the days when not everything was created in a computer’ 10/10

(Starburst magazine)

'An absolute delight to browse through, and, crucially, captures the character of the man behind the monsters more vividly than any previous book’ Five stars *****

(SFX magazine)

‘The scrapbook approach lends a homespun charm to the work of a pioneering craftsman’

(Imagine FX magazine)

‘A total delight…For a fan, it is not to be missed, for the interested movie goer it is an essential accompaniment to your enjoyment of the field of animation in general’.

(Filmwerk.co.uk)

‘Thoroughly engrossing, whether you’re a Harryhausen fan or just a film fan in general. It’s an absolute delight to browse through and, crucially, captures the character of the man behind the monsters more vividly than any previous book.’ ***** five stars

(Sfx.co.uk)

‘This is a must for every Harryhausen fan’

(Filmjuice.com)

About the Author

Ray Harryhausen is one of the most innovative and influential film-makers in the history of the medium. The winner of countless awards, including a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his work has inspired numerous directors and animators including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Nick Park. Ray was born in Los Angeles but now lives, together with his wife Diana, in the heart of London. Now retired, he continues to take an active interest in dimensional animation and occasionally gives talks on his work. Ray’s collection of memorabilia is held in trust by the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation. His books include Ray Harryhausen Fantasy Scrapbook, The Art of Ray Harryhausen, A Century of Modern Animation and Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Harryhausen Scrapbook 21 April 2012
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A Ray Harryhausen gem. A must read! A vast array of photos and information most animation enthusiasts would not be aware of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must buy 27 Dec 2011
By suzie
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Bought for my husband who is a real enthusiast of film making. He rates the book as a must have and in his own words it is brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A peek into the world of Ray Harryhausen 3 July 2013
By Andy
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This book is a must for any fans of animation and fans of the films of Ray Harryhausen in particular. Published in 2011, this 192 page hardcover book is presented in a scrapbook style collection of stories, photos and artwork from the film career of Ray Harryhausen.

With a foreward by director John Landis, and introduced by Ray himself, it takes a look at his film techniques and a behind the scenes look at Ray's film career, starting with the short films he worked on after being enraptured by the original 1933 'King Kong', all the way through his more well known films of 'The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad','Jason And The Argonauts', 'Clash Of The Titans' and more.

Featuring hundreds of b&w and colour photographs, drawings, concept art, sketches, production notes, movie posters and other memorabilia, with annotations accompanying the images and notes. If you're a fan of the films of Ray Harryhausen then I strongly recommend picking this up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 20 May 2014
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This is a must-have book for all Ray Harrryhausen fans. It is high quality, has great content and so is highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. 19 Aug 2013
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It's a great book and as I love the work of Ray Harryhausen I had to have it. One star subtracted for having a small tear in the cover though.
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