Since the summer, the Visual Resources Centre has been busy adding new titles to our collection of DVDs. Below is a selection of the most interesting. To find more details about each film, click on its thumbnail.
Ray Harryhausen, the genius of visual effects, died on May 7th in London at the age of 92. He will be remembered for his cutting-edge stop-motion animation film monsters, which inspired a generation of film makers including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, George Lucas and Peter Jackson.
Harryhausen was born Raymond Frederick Harryhausen in Los Angeles in 1920, and from an early age he had an interest in dinosaurs and mythical creatures. When he saw the 1933 version of King Kong, he was inspired to pursue a career in film model animation. He built his models by hand, and filmed them one frame at a time, which gave his animated sequences an unparalleled sense of reality.
The Visual Resources Centre at NCAD has one of Harryhausen’s best known films, Jason and the Argonauts, which includes a famous animated sequence involving an army of living skeletons. According to its creator, the sequence took three months to film. Our library also stocks Tony Dalton’s book The art of Ray Harryhausen, published by Aurum in 2005.
For more information about Ray Harryhausen, see the Guardian’s Harryhausen obituary.
To continue with our new annual tradition, here is a selection of children’s movies, comedies, thrillers, world cinema, musicals, classic films and documentaries from our growing collection of DVDs in the Visual Resources Centre to cheer you up during the Christmas break. As usual, all NCAD staff and students can borrow up to six films over the holidays. Come and borrow early so you won’t be disappointed. Happy viewing!
The new DVD titles acquired by NCAD Library over the summer include landmark television series, family entertainment, classic cinema, edgy new films, and thought-provoking documentaries. This is a selection of twenty of our most recent acquisitions.
Władysław Starewicz (Moscow 1882 – Fontenay-sous-Bois 1965) was a Russian-born animator of Polish parents, who moved to France after the Soviet Revolution of 1917. His stop-motion animation work is imaginative, surreal, daring, and technically highly accomplished, especially since it was made long before the era of CGI. The Internet Archive now has a complete version of one of his best known films, The Mascot. It is the poignant story of a little dog puppet who goes through all sorts of dangers to give an orange to a little girl dying of scurvy. The film was listed by Terry Gilliam as one of the 10 best animated films of all time.