Ray Harryhausen Documentary

The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of the definitive Harryhausen documentary - RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN, which has been produced by Frenetic Arts in Paris, and the Foundation.

Aside from interviews with the great man himself, shot over ten years, there are also interviews and tributes from Vanessa Harryhausen, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Ken Ralston, Joe Dante, John Lassiter, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and many more.

For the first time Ray and the Foundation have provided unprecedented access to all aspects of the collection including models, artwork and miniatures, as well as Ray's private study and workshop, where he designed and built most of his famous creations. In addition the documentary will use unseen footage of tests, experiments and dailies found in London and during the clearance of his old LA garage. Never before has so much visual material been used in any previous documentary about Ray.

The 84-minute production will not only illustrate the influence that Ray's work has had on film makers during the past sixty or so years but will also disclose secrets which Ray has been reluctant until now, to reveal.

Ray, the Foundation and Frenetic Arts are very grateful to the copyright holders, namely Aardman Animations, AMPAS, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, the British Film Institute, Walt Disney Studios, Gaumont, Jerry Bruckheimer Prod's, Lucasfilm, New Horizon Pictures, Pixar, Sony Pictures, Studio Canal, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Walsh Bros and Copperheart Ent. All of these companies have kindly allowed us to use their footage and images without charging us a license fee for use in this film.

We are also extremely grateful to all those individuals who have given their services to the production without charge and who have helped us to bring this film to fruition namely: Colin Arthur, Rick Baker, Martine Beswick, Phil Boot, Ray Bradbury, Greg Broadmore, Sam Buckland, Tim Burton, John Cairney, James Cameron, Randall W. Cook, Joe Dante, Guillermo del Toro, Matt Dravitzki, Sacha Feiner, Terry Gilliam, Vanessa Harryhausen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Andy Johnson, Steve Johnson, Andrew Jones, John Landis, John Lasseter, Mark Mawston, Caroline Munro, Dennis Muren, Vincenzo Natali, Nick Park,Ken Ralston, Henry Selick, Rel Pinto, Steven Spielberg, Phil Tippett, Robert Townson, John Walsh, Christopher Young and Tim Nicholson who has spent nearly ten months securing clearances and approvals.

All the proceeds, after production costs, will go to the Foundation to help with preservation and restoration of the more vulnerable items in the collection, so allowing us to exhibit these unique objects into the foreseeable future.

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