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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)

The life and work of the renowned film visual effects artist and producer.

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Himself - Director of The Hobbit
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Himself - Director of Brazil
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Himself - Director of Hellboy
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Himself - Director of Terminator & Avata
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Himself - Author of The Martian Chronicles & Fahrenheit 451
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Himself - Creator of Wallace & Gromit
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Himself - Animation Supervisor of The Amazing Spider-Man (as Randy Cook)
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Himself - Visual Effects Supervisor of Star Wars
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This is the definitive documentary about Ray Harryhausen. Aside from interviews with the great man himself, shot over five years, there are also interviews and tributes from Vanessa Harryhausen, Tony Dalton, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Peter Lord, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, Rick Baker, John Landis, Ken Ralston, Guillermo Del Toro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. For the first time Ray and the Foundation have provided unprecedented access to film all aspects of the 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. In addition the documentary will use unseen footage of tests and experiments found during the clearance of the LA garage. Never before has so much visual material been used in any previous documentary about Ray. This definitive production will not only display a huge part of the unique ... Written by The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation

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Dennis Muren: Top people in filmaking today grew up watching Ray's movies.
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Truly Definitive
18 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What can be said other than what the plot says: This is the definitive documentary about Ray Harryhausen. Aside from interviews with the great man himself, shot over five years, there are also interviews and tributes from Vanessa Harryhausen, Tony Dalton, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Peter Lord, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, Rick Baker, John Landis, Ken Ralston, Guillermo Del Toro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more.

What more can you say than that? If you know and love Harryhausen or dislike him (if this is possible) or have never heard of him, there is no end to the line of folks making movies that can tell you his influence and how many of the films today could not have existed without him in one way or another.


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