Cover of issue number 5
Publisher Don Shay
Editor Don Shay
Associate Editor Paul Mandell
Contributing Editors Jordan Fox
Bill Pearson
Editorial Consultant Robert P. Everett
Editorial Services Ann Dredla

Ray Harryhausen — Acting Without the Lumps

Author Vic Cox
Focus Ray Harryhausen
Pages 4-19

Ray Harryhausen is probably the only special effects artisan readily identified as the prime creative force behind the films with which he is associated. The enigmatic grandmaster of animation discusses with candor his formative years, his feelings about fantasy and filmmaking, and the highs and lows of a singular career which has spanned more than three decades. Interview by Vic Cox.

Clash of the (Foot-Tall) Titans

Author Don Shay
Focus Clash of the Titans (1981)
Pages 20-41

For his sixteenth feature film, Ray Harryhausen has returned once again to the world of classical mythology. For the first time, however, he did so in the company of two associate animators. Jim Danforth and Steven Archer. Together, the three discuss the origins of the project and the many months of postproduction involved in bringing Harryhausen’s most ambitious film undertaking to the screen. Article by Don Shay.

Roy Arbogast

Author Jordan Fox
Focus Roy Arbogast
Pages 42-53

When grandiose special effects are required “live” during main unit photography, the job is likely to fall to effects expert Roy Arbogast. Arbogast, a veteran of both Jaws films, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dracula and The Incredible Shrinking Woman, discusses the field of mechanical effects and his varied work in a wide range of contemporary features. Article by Jordan Fox.

Caveman — The Real Stars

Author Scott Vanderbilt
Focus Caveman (1981)
Pages 54-71

Writer-director Carl Gottlieb’s irreverent sendup of the prehistoric melodrama provided fertile ground for some decidedly unique stop-motion work. Effects supervisors Jim Danforth and Dave Allen, animators Randall William Cook and Pete Kleinow, and optical technician Spencer Gill discuss the tempestuous production. Article by Scott Vanderbilt.

— article descriptions via Cinefex 5, table of contents

People

Abbott, L.B. 43
Allen, David 55-64, 66-71
57, 65, 69
Alves, Joe 43-44, 48, 56, 59
Arbogast, Roy 42-53, 67
42, 44-45, 49-51, 53, 68
Archer, Steven 22-24, 29-31, 38-41
32, 36, 40
Armstrong, Todd 15
Arthur, Colin 25-26, 52
29
Aupperle, James 55-56, 59
Cox, Vic 18
Dykstra, John 43
Harryhausen, Ray 4-41, 56, 71
Vanderbilt, Scott 71

Companies

Academy Awards 5, 22, 55
Art Clokey Studio 59

Terms & Techniques

air mortar 48
air ram 44, 51
45-46
flying rigs 29-30, 33-37, 43, 47-48, 51-52, 61, 64-66