Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen is one of the great animators of film special effects using stop motion animation (student of Willis O'Brien, "King Kong" (1933)).  His armature puppets are incredible, textural and detailed.  When layered with rear projection and live action film, these puppets create an awesome effect!  Personally, I'd love to see a comeback in stop motion special effects, rather than the larger-than-life CGI effects we have today.  Show me the artistry, people!  Handmade is awesome!  Hide the trick but don't disguise the magic!  It's surprising (and awesome) how easily we believe the unbelievable with puppets.  One of the most iconic examples of Harryhausen's work are the skeletons in "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963).  Watch a clip of the "Skeleton Fight" HERE.  

Other films Ray Harryhausen worked on?
-Mighty Joe Young (1949)  Trailer
-The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)  Trailer
-One Million Years B.C. (1966)  Trailer
-Clash of the Titans (1981)  Trailer
-and many many others

"Mighty Joe Young" (1949)

"7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958)

"Jason and the Argonauts" (1963)
Just can't get enough of these skeleton shots.

"One Million Years B.C." (1966)

"Clash of the Titans" (1981)

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