Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
Available in 1080p HD
The remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan. Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the grandfather of Stop Motion animation and films such as ‘The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms’, ‘It Came From Beneath The Sea’, ‘The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad’, ‘Mysterious Island’, ‘Jason And The Argonauts’ and ‘The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad’ – the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.
The interviews are combined with archival footage and contemporary clips plus the added delight of behind-the-scenes footage, stills and original drawings plus recently discovered unseen takes of tests and experiments. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to film all aspects of The Ray Harryhausen Collection including models, artwork and miniatures as well as Ray’s private study, where he designed most of his creations, and his workshop where he built them.