Giles Penso‘s documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is scheduled to hit this June. If anyone is asking themselves who Harryhausen is right now, then you probably haven’t sat in front of your television as a child for an entire Saturday afternoon while Jason And his Argonauts fought skeletons, Sinbad and his crew fought a mutli-armed multi-sword welding Kali, or the winged Pegasus from Clash of the Titans. Harryhausen is the man who influenced all the great directors you know today including Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, and Steven Spielberg and many others.
Harryhausen’s many films, 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, all feature his stop motion magic that ruled the big screen before the age of computers and the CGI you’re used to today. Interestingly enough, many of these films special effects scenes hold up much better than the early computer generated special effects that came after.
Check out the trailer below:
That is a lot of big names, shakers and movers in Hollywood. Here’s some additional information about what you’ll find along with extras on the Documentary that hits stands June 28th and will be available in DVD/Blu-Ray as well as other digital formats for download.
Interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Baker
12 Interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park and more!
A message to Ray
On the set of Sinbad
Paris Cinematheque Q&A
London Gate Theater Q&A
Audio commentary with the filmmakers
Ray Harryhausen Trailer Reel
This is worth a look, it is a great look at a man who changed the way films were made and influenced a whole generation of new film makers.
Via: Quiet Earth