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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 17 2012 3:00 AM UTC +00:00
$2,466
pledged of 6.600 $pledged of 6.600 $ goal
38
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 17 2012 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

There's only a short time to go, and it looks like it would take a small miracle to reach the goal this time around. If we don't make it, we'll spend a few months coming up with a compelling video to show why this project deserves a second chance, some new rewards, and a plan to better spread the word to Harryhausen fans the world over. 

Please pledge for even the lowest rewards to add your name to our backers list, so that you'll be notified when we re-launch in the Spring. Thanks for your support! 

In 1981, production began on "The Fantasy Film World of Ray Harryhausen". It aired on KABC-TV in Los Angeles, and then was syndicated on some PBS stations. This original version has not been seen since the mid-80s, and was never released on home video. Along with Ray, interviews include:

Charles H. Schneer (producer of 12 Harryhausen films)

Ray Bradbury (author/long time friend of Ray's)

Kerwin Mathews (starred as Sinbad and Gulliver)

Forrest J. Ackerman (Famous Monsters publisher/long time friend)            He appeared in the 1981 version, but not the later edition. This is a chance to see the Ackermonster showing off his collection of Harryhausen artifacts in the Ackermansion, 

Mrs. Willis O'Brien ( widow of the man who brought King Kong to life) Ray stayed a loyal friend of her's for the rest of her life. 

The program also featured the first in-depth look at Ray's early experimental footage and pre-production drawings. 

In 1991 we released a revised version of the documentary, and renamed it "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me".  We had a successful series of children's dinosaur documentaries on The Disney Channel, and thought it would be great to introduce a young audience to Ray's fantastic films.  So, Gary Owens, narrator  of the original program, became an on-camera host, and co-host Eric Boardman jetted off to London to do a walk-and-talk interview through a beautifully mounted retrospective of Ray's work at The Museum of The Moving Image. This version of the program was released on VHS and laser disc, both now long out of print.  

We are proud of the fact that this program helped spark the campaign that resulted in Ray receiving his Oscar, and were honored when the Motion Picture Academy asked permission to use a portion of our program's title treatment at the end of the clip montage that appeared on the Academy Awards broadcast.

Now, what we would like to do is take the best elements of both versions of the program, add a significant amount of previously unused interview material and create an ultimate fantasy film fan's DVD release. 

The great thing is that length is not an issue now. In the past we had to make the program fit into an hour slot of commercial television. This time, we estimate the DVD's total running time to be more than double. The DVD will have at least 3 special features. 

The most significant new addition, and one of the primary motivations for deciding to release this program, will be a special feature of a 20-25 minute conversation that Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury had in Bradbury's home office back in 1981. We just set up the camera and let the 2 Rays enjoy themselves as they discussed their teenage escapades, their love of movies, shared concerns about the direction of the industry, plenty of encouragement for the next generation of dream chasers, and even a mention of a project that they would have liked to work on together. The loss of Ray Bradbury last June, made launching this project even more meaningful to us. 

We think it is important to preserve these first hand accounts of those responsible for creating these enduring flights of fantasy, and hope you will too by becoming part of this Kickstarter drive. Thank You!

Risks and challenges

Before launching this Kickstarter campaign, we dug deep into the vaults to make sure all the elements needed were accounted for and undamaged. Then, we made sure that Ray thought this was a good idea. He gave it a thumbs up...so here we go.

Once funded, the first big step will be to carefully prepare and transfer the 30 year old video tapes to a digital format for editing.The good thing is that the original interviews with Ray, Ray Bradbury, Forrest Ackerman, and Mrs. O'Brian were shot on 1" video tape reels, the highest quality video recording stock at the time. We are going to do the transfers in the special archival video tape facility at CBS Television City in Hollywood to get the optimal upgrade.

After all the material is transferred, we are going to go through everything and rebuild the program, making sure we include as much of the previously unseen interview footage as possible.

I think by the time we finish, for fans of Ray's career, getting a chance to hear more of the interesting and amusing insights and anecdotes about the making of these films will by far make up for the absence of feature films clips. This new version of "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me" is about the process, and most importantly the people, who created those indelible images.

The amount of funding we are hoping to raise is our carefully budgeted estimate to produce a professional quality DVD release. If we are lucky enough to surpass our funding goal, it will allow us to include additional elements.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Your name will appear on the "Thanks to our Kickstarter Donors" page of the "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me" website that will be set up within two weeks of this project being funded. (Names will be listed in alphabetical order.)

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    Same as the $5.00 pledge, PLUS you will receive a copy of the DVD upon completion. Be one of the first to own this special collector's edition.

    There is a lot of work and editing to be done, so we are estimating that the DVD should be ready by June. We would like to have it ready to present to Ray on June 29th, his 93rd birthday.

    * Please donate at least $25.00 if you want your DVD to ship outside of the United States

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    You will receive a copy of the DVD upon completion, your name will be listed on the "Thanks" page on the website that will be set up for the release of the DVD, PLUS your name will be printed on a special birthday presentation that will be delivered to Ray for his 93rd birthday on June 29, 2013.
    *Names will be listed in alphabetical order.

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    Everything in the $50.00 pledge, PLUS a copy of Starlog Magazine #37 that features an article about "First Men in The Moon" that was signed by Ray Harryhausen on the first page of the article. You can see the front of the issue at :
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    This reward is for you dinosaur lovers out there. You'll receive everything in the $50.00 category, PLUS along with your DVD of "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me" you will receive DVDs of "More Dinosaurs" and "Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs". These 2 DVDs contain a total of 6 programs also hosted by Gary Owens and Eric Boardman. Visit www.more-dinosaurs.com if you want to learn more about these DVDs and program content.

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    You'll get everything in the $50.00 reward level, PLUS you will receive a new/mint condition copy of the hardcover book "THE ART OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN". This copy is signed by Ray on the inside title page. *An unsigned book has a suggested retail price of $50.00. **Domestic shipping by Media Mail is included. ***We will ship your book in January, and ship your DVD in our estimated release date in June.

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    Everything in the $50.00 category, PLUS you will receive one of the 10 pictures of Ray that Ray will be signing just for this Kickstarter project. In addition, along with everybody who pledges $100.00 or more, your name will be listed on a "special thanks" page during the end credits of the main program on the DVD.

    * Names will be listed in alphabetical order.

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    Everything in the $50.00 reward, PLUS you will receive an 18" by 12" reproduction of illustrator Roger Stine's original "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me" art created for the VHS and Laserdisc releases. This art can be seen to the left, and will also be used on the new DVD releases should we reach our funding goal. The original art will be scanned to create this reward, and the reproductions will feature art-print quality inks and paper. (The prints will be made at Chiodo Bros Studios).
    *Like all donors of over $100.00 your name will appear on a "special thanks" page in the end credits of the program on the DVD in alphabetical order. ** If you would like our print signed by Gary Owens and Eric Boardman please donate $130.00 - signed prints will take a couple of extra weeks to ship. *** Domestic shipping for the art-print and the DVD is included. ****The good thing about this reward is that your art-print will ship in January so you can get the cyclops up on your wall right away, and your DVD will ship separately when completed around June. *****If anyone outside of the U.S. is interested in this reward, please contact us so we can determine shipping costs on a case by case basis.

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    Your name will appear on a card at the beginning of the main "special feature" on the DVD, and you'll be given credit as the sponsor of "Two Rays in Conversation" ( the 20-24 minute conversation between Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury).

    Your name will also appear on the website, the "special thanks" end credit page at the end of the main program, and on the birthday presentation. You will receive 5 copies of the finished DVD upon completion.

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    You will become the owner of the one-of-a-kind original art created by Si-Fi/Fantasy artist Roger Stine for the "Aliens Dragons, Monsters & Me" home video box. It is 21" by 14", well mounted, and in pristine condition.
    Your name will also appear on the website, the special thanks card at the end of the program, and on the birthday presentation. Plus, you will receive 5 copies of the finished DVD.

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    Your name will be on a title card that first appears when the DVD loads, and it will say something like: "This special edition DVD release of "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me" is made possible in part thanks to "Your name". If you double your pledge to $2,500.00, your name will also appear on the front of the DVD box. "Your Name" presents MIdwich Entertainment's "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me".
    You will also receive 5 copies of the finished DVD. Your name will also appear on the "Thanks" page on the website, and be printed on Ray's special birthday presentation.

    * Up to two names, or a family name can be listed.
    **Exact wording of the title card is open to discussion.

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