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Making Movie Magic
Making Movie Magic

Making Movie Magic

A Lifetime Creating Special Effects for James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman & More


288 Pages, 7.5 x 9.5

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $40.00 (CA $53.95) (US $40.00)

Publication Date: January 2020

ISBN 9780750991230

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Jan 2020)


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A personal insight into the career of the special effects supervisor for nine Bond films and all seven Harry Potter movies

John Richardson is an Oscar-winning special effects supervisor and designer, who has been involved in over 60 movies. In creating the magic that flows through these films, be it by means of creating huge explosions, beheading a man, producing futuristic gadgets, making a man fly or breathing life into creatures that both amaze and haunt us, Richardson holds a unique place in cinema history. The son of pioneering F/X technician Cliff Richardson, he learned his trade at the feet of a master of the craft, and by building on his father's early work and pushing boundaries further, Richardson not only delivered the end result but also ensured that none of his stars were ever injured. With over five decades of adventures under his belt, and a vast photographic collection of unseen pictures, Richardson now lifts the lid on his exciting and fascinating career of creating movie magic.

Author Biography

John Richardson has enjoyed a 50-year career in the film business as an acclaimed special effects technician and supervisor. He has been Oscar-nominated five times and won for Aliens in 1986. The 60-plus films he has worked on include nine James Bond adventures, all seven Harry Potter films, Superman, A Bridge Too Far, Willow, The Omen and Straw Dogs. Richard Donner is an American director whose movies include The Omen, Superman, The Goonies, the Lethal Weapon films, Lost Boys, Scrooged, and many more.