New book accompanies the greatly anticipated Ray Harryhausen exhibition, on show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art May-September 2020.
A landmark exhibition book that examines 100 objects selected from an incredible archive by the animator Ray Harryhausen's daughter. The book is packed with Vanessa’s personal stories that have never previously been heard or published from a life watching her father make world-famous films that changed the course of cinema.
This book is a fascinating examination of the work of the pioneer of the special effects that we see in modern cinema, with contributions from experts in the field and written in conjunction with the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
Special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen elevated stop-motion animation to an art during the 1950s to 1980s. With material drawn from his incredible archive, Vanessa, selects 100 creatures and objects that mean the most to her.
In addition to Vanessa's reflections, many of those who worked with Harryhausen or were inspired by him add their own memories and comments. Ray Harryhausen's work included the films Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, the Sinbad films of the '50s and '70s, One Million Years B.C. and Mighty Joe Young, as well as a wider portfolio including children's fairy tales and commercials.
He also inspired a generation of film-makers such as Peter Jackson, Tim Burton, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, and his influence on blockbuster cinema can be felt to this day. The Blues Brothers director John Landis contributes multiple entries about his friendship with Harryhausen and the influence Harryhausen had on his work. 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of Harryhausen’s birth.
Vanessa grew up around her father's films and creations, and spent time on many of the film sets for which he created special effects. She lives in Scotland where she runs a farm and estate with her husband, and is an accomplished illustrator.
This book is not yet printed. Any pre-orders are expected to be delivered around the time of the exhibition Summer 2020. Cover image of book may change.