posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:08 PM
Ray Harryhausen, Special-Effects Legend, Dies at 92
Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation legend whose work on "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Jason and the Argonauts" and other science
fiction and fantasy film classics made him a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers and special-effects artists, has died. He was
Harryhausen died Tuesday in London, where he had lived for decades. His death was confirmed by Kenneth Kleinberg, his longtime legal representative in
the United States.
In the pre-computer-generated-imagery era in which he worked, Harryhausen used the painstaking process of making slight adjustments to the position of
his three-dimensional, ball-and-socket-jointed scale models and then shooting them frame-by-frame to create the illusion of movement. Footage of his
exotic beasts and creatures was later often combined with live action.
. . .
Ray Harryhausen pioneered stop-motion animation, creating classics such as 'The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,' and 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.'
Without his work, 'there never would have been a "Star Wars" or a "Jurassic Park,''' Steven Spielberg said.
I was a big fan of his work growing up as a kid.
He did it all, from the initial conceptual drawings, the design and sculpting of the monster models, the building of the armatures, the painting the
backdrop images, to the painstaking, frame by frame stop motion animation.
Ray Harryhausen was truly a film genius.
The things he was able to do were truly magical, awe inspiring and watching the final product on the silver screen was simply amazing.
A Hollywood Tribute is definitely in order.
Source: LA Times - Ray Harryhausen Dies