London: Macdonald and Jane’s, 1975, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; References; Appendices ;
From the cover: The job of the special effects man in the cinema is quite simply to achieve the impossible. His stock-in-trade includes not only the standard ravages of Nature (flood, fire, storm, earthquake) but also supernatural phenomena (ghosts, giants and monsters from outer space) and such man-made horrors as atomic holocaust and Dr Frankenstein. The boundless dreams and wildest imaginings of the scriptwriter constitute his daily bread-and-butter and usually have to be effected as cheaply. From the trick photography of Georges Melies Trip to the Moon (1902), through King Kong and The Invisible Man to James Bond and the ultimate trip, 2001: A Space Odyssey, John Brosnan tells the ingenious and bizarre story of the people, the skills and the techniques behind some of the most extraordinary sequences in the history of the cinema. Using explanatory diagrams, over 120 unusual and impressive illustrations, and first-hand interviews with experts in the USA and Britain, he examines both photographic effects rear projection, travelling mattes, optical printers, etc. and mechanical effects car crashes, explosions, bullet hits, and so on. He also covers the specialized field of stop-motion animation.
The result is a book of endless fascination to all who are interested in the cinema especially to those whose sense of wonder has been aroused by epic illusions like the parting of the Red Sea in Cecil B. DeMilles The Ten Commandments, the battle with the skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts, or the war scenes in Battle of Britain or Tora! Tora! Tora! For the first time the role of the movie magician as engineer, inventor and dreamer has been accorded its proper place in the story of film.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a pull to the tail of the spine. Top edge of the text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 285 pages. Index. 9½” x 7¼”.