Theodore and Howard Lydecker worked in the Hollywood film industry
long before the advent of computer generated imagery (CGI).
In those days, exciting and realistic action scenes had to be
filmed in real time. Known throughout the industry as the Miniature
Men, they were in fact giants in their field of creating
detailed scale model ships, trains, planes, and automobiles.
While these carefully crafted models performed on large-scale
landscapes or backlot water tanks, all manner of mayhem and chaos
would be inflicted upon them as the cameras rolled at carefully
calculated film speeds. The Lydeckers produced some of the most
thrilling and authentic action sequences on a shoestring budget.
Primarily remembered for their outstanding visual effects
in the Republic Pictures cliffhanger serials, they were often
required (it was their job) to enhance the studios feature
films. When the script called for spectacular destruction, the
Lydeckers delivered onscreen production value with economy the
executives of the other picture studios could only imagine.
This book presents an overview and some illustrated remembrances
of the Legendary Lydecker Brothers and their outstanding
The book is a 7x10 trade paperback, 196 pages, and
retails for $24.95.
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