Tribute to the Art and Artists of Special Effects Event

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Dark Delicacies Book Store - Documentary DVD and Book signing featuring veteran effects artists and a tribute to the history of Special Effects on Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 PM.

The Wizard of MGM

The Wizard of MGM

Arnold Gillespie is a true master of his work; he inspired many generations of young men and women to become Special Effects Technicians. I should know; I am one of them.

From the Wizard of Oz tornado to the space ship over the White House in Independence Day, movie special effects have inspired audiences worldwide, making the unbelievable believable. This is a one time event for movie lovers and film historians of all ages to meet artisans behind Hollywood movie magic.

Editors for the newly published memoirs of A. Arnold "Buddy" Gillespie will be discussing and signing The Wizard of MGM. Four time Oscar winner Buddy Gillespie was the head of the Special Effects Department at MGM Studios from 1924-1965. He contributed to such movie classics as Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur, Forbidden Planet, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, and Tarzan. The 384 page book includes hundreds of never before published photographs, illustrations, technical details, and whimsical stories of the Golden Age of Hollywood at its largest Dream Factory. Included is an introduction by Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

Award winning visual effects artists Pete Gerard, Gene Rizzardi, Patrick McClung, Lisa Morton, Mark Stetson and many more will be discussing the fascinating art of miniatures in movies. Available for signing will be the documentary DVD Sense of Scale, a personal behind the scenes look into the fantastic miniature world of movie special effects as told by the model makers themselves. These contemporary artists brought such features as Terminator 2, Armageddon, Alien, Star Wars, Batman and many more to life.

Philip J. Riley, co-editor of The Wizard of MGM will be signing Horror of Dracula and The Invisible Man, alternate film history tales for these horror movie classics. Film historian and author, Philip J. Riley has contributed to the horror genre for the past 40 years, including historical references for Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and London After Midnight.

Are Hollywood and the studio dream factories still relevant in the new global age? Find out how the closing of effects studios Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain, and the off-shoring of production are changing the landscape of movie making.

Dark Delicacies Book Store
3512 W. Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91505
Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 PM

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