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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 9 November 2012 (UK)
The life and work of the renowned film visual effects artist and producer.


Gilles Penso


Gilles Penso




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Harryhausen ... Self - Filmmaker
Peter Jackson ... Self - Director of The Hobbit
Terry Gilliam ... Self - Director of Brazil
Guillermo del Toro ... Self - Director of Hellboy
James Cameron ... Self - Director of Terminator & Avata
Tim Burton ... Self - Director of Mars Attacks
John Landis ... Self - Director of Blues Brothers
Henry Selick ... Self - Director of The Nightmare Before Christmas
Ray Bradbury ... Self - Author of The Martian Chronicles & Fahrenheit 451
Tony Dalton Tony Dalton ... Self - Film Historian
Nick Park ... Self - Creator of Wallace & Gromit
Randall William Cook ... Self - Animation Supervisor of The Amazing Spider-Man (as Randy Cook)
Phil Tippett ... Self - Creature Supervisor of Jurassic Park
Steven Spielberg ... Self - Director of Jurassic Park
Dennis Muren ... Self - Visual Effects Supervisor of Star Wars


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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great film if you are of a certain age
6 January 2018 | by darren-506-989227See all my reviews

If watched fantasy movies in the 60s and 70s then you will know Harryhausen's work. Agreed that it now looks dated but back then it was cutting edge and the only way to bring monsters to life. Unfortunalty his work was rendered almost obsolete when Star Wars came along and changed everything. Touching tributes from various top level directors but you do sometimes question the level of reverance expressed toward Harryhausen and the importance of his work.

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9 November 2012 (UK) See more »

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Ray Harryhausen, le titan des effets speciaux See more »

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