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Ray Harryhausen’s work is known to anyone who is a fan of monster movies. He created the stop motion animation for fantasy classics like Jason and the Argonauts, It Came from Beneath the Sea and Earth Vs the Flying Saucers. His amazing tiny army of sword-wielding skeletons influenced a number of animators today.
He set up The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation in 1986 to preserve his legacy and catalog his extensive collection of sketches, images, molds and miniatures. The collection contains an estimated 50,000 pieces. There’s a lot of information about his work on his website, and the @Ray_Harryhausen twitter feed offers fans a rare look at sketches from Harryhausen’s films, like this one of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
As you can see, the original and the final beast (pictured below it) are quite different. Harryhausen’s sketch has more of a praying mantis look to it while the final version, »
- Sara Castillo
Special Effects Titan
Written and directed by Gilles Penso
Release date: At cinemas from 9th November 2012
Running time: 94 mins
“I think all of us who are practitioners in the arts of science fiction and fantasy movies now, all feel that we’re standing on the shoulders of a giant. If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape we wouldn’t be who we are.” James Cameron
The remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.
Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, »
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For some reason, the killer fish convention just keeps coming back. Only, each movie increases its use of the Flailing Breast shot and seemingly embraces cinematic advance alongside the passing of time… hence the title of the latest movie… 3Dd! (- by far the biggest achievement in the whole film, naturally). So why do filmmakers and, more importantly, cinema-goers continue to relish these naughty nautical slaughter fests? After all, the content of these movies can be broken down into two very simple scenes: drunken spring-break sexy times and blood intensive death, interchanged (actually, when I put it like that, what’s not to like?).
The convention of »
There are plenty of new and vicious monsters unleashed in the new Wrath of the Titans, in theaters Friday – from the 30-foot Cyclops and fire-breathing Chimera to the deadly Minotaur waiting in the depths of the Underworld maze – and you can credit all of their inspiration to one man: Ray Harryhausen.
From the original Clash of the Titans in 1981 to Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Mysterious Island (1961) and the Sinbad movies, Harryhausen pioneered the stop-motion animation technique (he himself was inspired by watching the original 1933 King Kong), bringing rubber and clay to life and fueling the imaginations of young moviegoers for decades, reaching back to such matinee favorites as Mighty Joe Young (1949), It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955), Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
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4 items from 2012
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