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The Art of Ray Harryhausen Paperback – 15 Sep 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845137124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845137120
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 2 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A splendid volume... fabulous illustrations’

(Jonathan Ross)

‘A delight, packed with super reproductions of drawings and models relating to a long, frenetic life in movies’

(The Times)

‘A gorgeous, sumptuous, coffee table book...enough never-before-seen material to keep any enthusiast happy’

(SFX Magazine)

‘One of the best-loved fantasy artists and animators of the last century...a perfect gift for fans’

(Publishing News)

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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RH's Art is here (which is often really nice), as is the art of people that influenced his style. A great book for reference for Artsists & SFX people. I paid £7.99 I think, the book has a price of £20, so I was happy as Larry.
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This is a very fine book full of very interesting illustrations. I bought it as a gift and haven't actually read it myself, so can't comment any further except to say that its appearance is very attractive.
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Ray Harryhausen was the great pioneer of animatronic special effects, a master of the animation arts standing alongside Lotte Reininger and Winsor McCay, and this book is a detailed and profusely illustrated documentation of his life's work from the 1930s to the 1980s and 1990s. With considerable detailed input from Harryhausen, Tony Dalton has assembled a fascinating portrait of Harryhausen and his filmic, illustrative and theatrical output, illustrated with his preparatory drawings, storyboards and maquettes, and often with production stills of Harryhausen at work, Dalton has transcribed Ray's verbatim accounts of many of his productions, full of anecdotes and with all the freshness of a daily production diary. Apart from a much greater insight into Harryhausen's working methods and his craftsmanship across a wide range of media, the revelation for me was Harryhausen's use of stills photography to visualise the mise-en-scene of the sequences on which he was working - beautifully constructed scaled-down models, maquettes and character models were posed, lit and captured on film in preparation for his production build. This is a quality designed and printed book, a fitting tribute to Harryhausen, and the perfect introduction for those who are just discovering his work, from the original 1933 King Kong to the classics of the 1960s: One Million Years BC, Clash of the Titans, and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
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This is really the ultimate source of information covering Ray Harryhausen's career as a stop-motion authority. It covers not only every film he ever worked on, but also covers aborted projects which might have been (what a shame). There are both photos of Mr. Harryhausen at work and scenes from his many films(colour and black-and-white) as well as Mr. Harryhausen's own drawings (he's a fabulous artist).
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A beautifully produced book with information and pictures not available in any of Harryhausen's other publications. An essential purchase if you are a fan.
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For anyone that has an interest in film animation, then this book is a must buy. The author is a film legend and the book is testimony to his outstanding work.
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