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John Richardson on special effects and Making Movie Magic

By: Anders Frejdh
John Richardson Special Effects Making Movie Magic
Academy Award® winner and FSWL supporter John Richardson (one of 13 special guests during our James Bond weekend in Stockholm 2014) is currently promoting his book Making Movie Magic which was published on 28th October 2019 by The History Press. He's been on BBC Radio 2 with Graham Norton and BBC Breakfast Show on television to talk about it.

John Richardson is an Oscar®-winning special effects supervisor and designer, who has been involved in over 100 movies, including nine James Bond adventures, all eight Harry Potter films, Aliens (for which he won the Oscar®), Superman, A Bridge Too Far, Straw Dogs, The Omen, Cliffhanger, Far and Away, Willow ... and many, many more.

In creating the magic that flows through these films – by creating huge explosions, beheading people, producing futuristic gadgets, making a man fly or breathing life into creatures that amaze and haunt us – Richardson has come to hold a unique place in cinema history.

The son of pioneering FX technician Cliff Richardson, he learned his trade at the feet of a master of the craft. 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 making movie magic.

John Richardson talked Special Effects on BBC Breakfast Show 31 October 2019

Part 1 of John Richardson's discussion with Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 from Saturday 5th October 2019

Part 2 of John Richardson's discussion with Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 from Saturday 5th October 2019

Order John Richardson's book Making Movie Magic from Amazon UK.



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