It’s been a long while since last we had anything to report on the ten years in the making documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, which chronicles the life and times of the legendary effects artist, but finally the film is gearing up to make its premiere.
Look for it to air on the Sony Movie Channel on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, as well as on DirecTV and DISH’s video on demand platforms. If you have the Sony Movie Channel, the flick will be airing all month long alongside several of Harryhausen’s most beloved films. Hopefully we’ll get some home video news soon, but, hey, we take what we can get! Gilles Penso directs.
Aside from interviews with the great man himself, shot over five years, there are also interviews and tributes from Vanessa Harryhausen, Tony Dalton, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Peter Lord, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, Rick Baker, John Landis, Ken Ralston, Guillermo Del Toro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, and many more. The documentary is produced by Alexandre Poncet.
For the first time Ray and the Foundation have provided unprecedented access to film all aspects of the collection including models, artwork, and miniatures as well as Ray’s private study, where he designed most of his creations, and his workshop where he built them. In addition the documentary will use unseen footage of tests and experiments found during the clearance of the LA garage. Never before has so much visual material been used in any previous documentary about Ray. This definitive production will not only display a huge part of the unique collection but will illustrate the influence that Ray’s work has had on filmmakers during the past fifty or so years.
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