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Ray Harryhausen Book "Master of the Majicks" Vol. 1

Vol. 1 of "Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks" is done and off to the printer! Kickstarter will help cover final printing costs.

Ray Harryhausen Book "Master of the Majicks" Vol. 1

Vol. 1 of "Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks" is done and off to the printer! Kickstarter will help cover final printing costs.

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Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks
Volume 1: Beginnings and Endings
by Mike Hankin
Foreword by Tom Hanks
Preface by Sir Christopher Frayling
www.archive-editions.com

Finally Completed and off to the Printer! Volume 1 is planned to ship in early Summer, 2013. (A precise printing/shipping calendar is being mapped out now, and specific dates will be posted in this Kickstarter project as well as on our website.)

The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to help cover the final printing and shipping costs. The book itself is 100% complete and is at the printer now, so there is no need for additional funding for production.

(Some of you reading this have already pre-ordered the book directly, and your advance order is much appreciated! You can use this Kickstarter offering to order additional copies and/or otherwise support the project, if so desired.)

Here are some highlights of the Master of the Majicks series, and more specific details about this upcoming Volume 1:

Written and produced over the past 10 years with Ray Harryhausen's cooperation and support, the complete 3-volume definitive 295,000-word career/biography features interviews with Ray and his colleagues and is profusely illustrated with several hundred rare photographs, artwork, and illustrations (many of which have never been previously published). We published Volume 2 ("The American Films") first, then Volume 3 ("The British Films"), and are now wrapping up the set with Volume 1 (“Beginnings and Endings”).

Ray Harryhausen in his London home with Vol. 2 of "Master of the Majicks," now out of print.
Ray Harryhausen in his London home with Vol. 2 of "Master of the Majicks," now out of print.

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Chapters in Volume 1 extensively cover:
Ray's Early 16mm Experiments, The Influence of Willis O'Brien and King Kong, George Pal's Puppetoons®, Ray's Film Work During World War II, The Fairy Tale Short Subjects, Ray's Retirement Years (including tributes, awards, convention appearances, colorizing his films, unfinished projects, the King Kong 50th Anniversary celebration at Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1983, Ray's cameo appearances in other films, Ray's Lifetime Achievement Oscar® from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ray's "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and much more). As a special adjunct to the Willis O'Brien chapter, we're including the complete first draft of the King Kong screenplay by British mystery writer Edgar Wallace

Hundreds of candids and first-person accounts cover Ray's activities outside of his film work, including personal appearances and birthday tributes.
Hundreds of candids and first-person accounts cover Ray's activities outside of his film work, including personal appearances and birthday tributes.

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Contributors to Volume 1 include:
 Famous Monsters editor Forrest J Ackerman, Darlyne (Mrs. Willis) O'Brien, Lost World star Bessie Love, King Kong producer Merian C. Cooper and star Fay Wray, screenwriters Beverley Cross and Kenneth Kolb, animator and visual effects artists Jim Danforth and Randall William Cook, director John Landis, producer Arnold Kunert, and many others, some of whom have since passed away.

Stills and other visual material come from numerous private collections, including considerable material that has never been seen in print before (including Ray Harryhausen's own books).

The influence of Willis O'Brien and his pioneering stop motion work was a huge influence on young Ray, including "The Lost World" and "Creation." This chapter (90 pages!) also includes extensive coverage of O'Brien's masterpiece, "King Kong."
The influence of Willis O'Brien and his pioneering stop motion work was a huge influence on young Ray, including "The Lost World" and "Creation." This chapter (90 pages!) also includes extensive coverage of O'Brien's masterpiece, "King Kong."

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PLUS—

  • “Ray Harryhausen's Los Angeles” – A multi-page map of key locations connected to Ray and his films in the 1940s and 50s;
  • Advertising art and posters from different countries;
  • Reviews and story synopses;
  • Filmographies of key cast and crew.
  • 370 pages, 125,000 word text (chapters, appendices, and more);
  • Over 1,500 images —photos, artwork, posters, technical diagrams and other illustrations— in Spectacular Color, Nostalgic Sepia-Tone, and Glorious Black-and-White.
  • Hardcover: dark brown imitation leather with title stamped in gold foil;
  • Full color dust jacket;
  • Heavy 70 pound semi-gloss paper stock;
  • Overall dimensions 9" x 11-1/2";• Weight: 5 pounds.

Majicks Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 are long sold out and now command prices ranging from $350 to $500 to over $700 per copy on eBay and Amazon.

"How To Make a Monster" will take you step-by-step through the construction of a stop motion model using numerous photos from other stop motion films — from blueprint to armature to clay sculpture to plaster mold to final foam rubber animation model.
"How To Make a Monster" will take you step-by-step through the construction of a stop motion model using numerous photos from other stop motion films — from blueprint to armature to clay sculpture to plaster mold to final foam rubber animation model.

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For more information, check out the interview with Ernest Farino that recently appeared in Diamond Comics' eNewsletter Scoop (click on logo):

From his Preface to Volume 3 — "There is no way to overstate the importance of these books. [This book] is simply the most perfect book about Harryhausen ever made. This is the book that you dreamt of having as a child and makes you want to go out and re-watch every single one of the chronicled. It makes you fall in love with cinema all over again." — Guillermo del Toro, Director of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth

From his combination review of Volumes 2 and 3 of Majicks:
“…Hankin’s in-progress overview of Harryhausen’s career is unlikely to be surpassed; other books may offer different pictures, different vantages and depths of specific information, but the totality of Harryhausen’s achievement is best represented here.”
— Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog #166

www.archive-editions.com

Harryhausen fan Tom Hanks, host of Ray's Oscar® presentation on March 7, 1992, contributed the Foreword to "Majicks" Vol. 1. A lengthy account of the Oscar® campaign and the festivities is presented with numerous photos. (Oscar® statuette ©A.M.P.A.S.®)
Harryhausen fan Tom Hanks, host of Ray's Oscar® presentation on March 7, 1992, contributed the Foreword to "Majicks" Vol. 1. A lengthy account of the Oscar® campaign and the festivities is presented with numerous photos. (Oscar® statuette ©A.M.P.A.S.®)

Risks and challenges

The good thing about this situation is that "Master of the Majicks" Vol. 1 itself is finished— the design, production, layouts, photo scanning, text. Done, completed, "that's a wrap." The files have been output to press-quality PDFs and delivered to the printer. Minor technical fixes and tweaks have been addressed, so it's "start the presses!"

The Kickstarter funding will cover final printing costs & shipping the total inventory of copies from the factory. We've had encouraging response from previous customers who have placed pre-prders of this new volume, but we need to try and round out the final expenditures.

I see no particular obstacles or challenges in finishing and delivering the book. Having produced the first two volumes of "Majicks," as well as "The FXRH Collection" (a successful Kickstarter project last year), the mechanisms and infrastructure for prompt and efficient delivery and shipping are well in place.

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