Ray Harryhausen

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Ray Harryhausen

Postby lo&m on Wed May 08, 2013 11:13 am

Ray Harryhausen, who died yesterday, was a film-maker who was responsible for some of the most thrilling moments in cinema history. He worked in the specialist field of stop-motion animation, which is basically, making a model of something and filming it frame by frame with the tiniest of movement between each frame.

Born in Los Angeles in June 1920, Raymond Frederick Harryhausen had a passion for dinosaurs as a child that led him to make his own versions of prehistoric creatures.

Films like 1925's The Lost World and the 1933 version of King Kong stoked that passion and prompted him to seek out a meeting with Willis O'Brien, a pioneer in the field of model animation.

During World War II Harryhausen joined director Frank Capra's film unit, which made the Why We Fight series to back the US war effort.

After the war, he made stop-motion versions of fairy tales that prompted his idol, O'Brien, to hire him to help create the ape in Mighty Joe Young - an achievement that won an Academy Award.

Harryhausen went on to make some of the fantasy genre's best-known movies, among them One Million Years B.C. and a series of films based on the adventures of Sinbad the sailor.

Harryhausen inspired a generation of film directors, from Steven Spielberg and James Cameron to Peter Jackson of the Lord of the Rings fame.


He is perhaps best remembered for this fight scene from Jason and the Argonauts, a sequence which took him three months to film.

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Re: Ray Harryhausen

Postby kev on Wed May 08, 2013 11:22 am

Yeah, that skeleton fight is probably the bit most of us 'of a certain age' remember - or maybe Rachel Welch in a fur bikini being chased by various dinosaurs! :lol:
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Re: Ray Harryhausen

Postby Frenchgate Magic on Wed May 08, 2013 5:00 pm

kev wrote:Rachel Welch in a fur bikini being chased by various dinosaurs! :lol:

Don't know that,but as a young lad I knew I wanted to do something really dirty with Jane Seymour in that Sinbad film,altho' probably didn't know what.




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