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Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook – Book Review

By Angela Youngman Jan 24, 2012, 20:31 GMT

Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook – Book Review

One of the most innovative and influential film animators in the history of the medium reveals a wealth of fascinating never-before-seen film artifacts, many of them recently discovered in a garage in Los Angeles Designed in the form of a scrapbook, this visual feast for Harryhausen fans reveals models from unrealized projects, such as dinosaurs from the unfinished film Evolution; prints of outtakes from various films; early concept drawings and storyboards; color transparencies of ...more

Ray Harryhausen is a master of special effects and a pioneer of stop motion animation. His work is legendary, involving films like Clash of the Titans, Gullivers Travels and One Million Years BC.  This book contains details of many of the artifacts created for films over the past forty or so years. 

There are prints of outtakes, unfinished models, concept drawings, posters, and stories about the creation of different characters. It was amusing to read of the arguments between film makers over the creation of an octopus - Ray was told that his proposals were nothing like a real octopus only to find that the film maker was basing his knowledge on a creature in a Popeye film! Absolutely enthralling.

It shows just how a legendary filmmaker developed from the creation of simple marionettes to stunning special effects in Clash of the Titans. This is a book to be read in short bursts, as the amount of information it contains is incredible. 

You need to digest each section before going onto the next! Film buffs, artists and anyone interested in behind the scenes activities in films will find this book irresistible! 

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