Dinosaurs, Dragons, & Drama The Odyssey of a Trick-film-maker, Vol. 2 - The Siege

Product Code: 55170
Dinosaurs, Dragons, & Drama The Odyssey of a Trick-film-maker, Vol. 2 - The Siege
Dinosaurs, Dragons, & Drama The Odyssey of a Trick-film-maker, Vol. 2 - The Siege

Dinosaurs, Dragons, & Drama The Odyssey of a Trick-film-maker, Vol. 2 - The Siege

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Volume Two recounts the middle years of Jim Danforth's film career, including his philosophy of visual effects and of trade unionism, and also discusses effects techniques from the days before computers generated images.

Volume 2 includes:

Jim's stop-motion animation assignments on feature films such as: The Legend of King Kong, Hiero's Journey, Conan, Flesh Gordon, Ray Harryhausen's Clash of the Titans, Caveman, and more.

Jim recounts his time as head of the visual effects department at Cascade Pictures of California— one of the largest west-coast producers of TV commercials.

Aspiring filmmakers will enjoy Jim's in-depth account of his work as the writer, co-designer, director, and co-producer of the adventure film Timegate— and why that film crashed and burned.

The book also contains Danforth's recollections of interesting people he encountered during his professional journey.

The CD-ROM book includes ‘clickable' sidebars and footnotes filled with additional facts, plus thoughts about various eclectic topics that interest Jim.

Auxiliary sections describe various pre-digital film effects techniques and now-obsolete processes.

"Jim Danforth set the bar so high with Vol. 1 of his memoir that I wondered if Vol. 2 could possibly come close. This new volume picks up after When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth and I am delighted to say he has exceeded my wildest hopes.

Like the earlier edition, this is a spectacular treasure trove of photos documenting his many challenges as a Trick-Film-Maker (and I love the fact that this is on CD so I can zoom in on text and photos to study them), while the text details the many challenges he had to overcome to deliver "the jobs."

"Of special interest to budding Directors or Producers are Jim's incomparable insights into the many non-technical issues that crop up while making a movie. As a Producer, you'd better believe I felt a kinship with him because I have faced many similar issues dealing with Hollyweird Unions, bosses and demanding clients. I wish I'd had the chance to read this book before I produced my first film! Frankly, anyone thinking of making a movie should put this on their must-read list and it should be required reading at every film school." — Mark Wolf, WolfMedia Productions

790 pages of main text, plus the Foreword, sidebars, and supplemental material.

Over 700 photos, drawings, and paintings in the main text; plus more in the sidebars.

A CD-ROM in a DVD-type "snap" case. An insert card of a Jim Danforth painting of a cavewoman on lizardback is included in the CD case.

In PDF format on CD-ROM. In PDF format, you turn the pages like an actual book, plus you can click links to footnotes and sidebars. Can be viewed on any computer with a CD/DVD drive. Region free (viewable in any country). Mac and PC compatible.

This came from the collection of Steve Sherman, a writer, artist, puppet-maker, puppet-performer, and avid collector. Steve worked as Jack Kirby's assistant, at Filmation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, before forming his own company Puppet Studio in 1984 contributing to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "Men in Black 1 & 2", "Mighty Joe Young", "Muppets" and numerous other TV series and feature films.

Danforth, Jim

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine CD-ROM in Near Fine case

Publishing Information

Los Angeles
Archive Editions

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