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  Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen is the man behind an army of skeletons, a flock of harpies.
Ray is a towering cyclops, a multi-headed hydra, a gentle ape performing for a tiny audience.
Ray dubbed his stop-motion technique Dynamation, which was his fancy way of expressing the dynamics of the animated creatures, though it doesn't differ from the classic techniques of stop-motion animation.
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 Ray Harryhausen Profile
Ray asked the theater manager is he could borrow the stills to make copies for himself and the manager explained that he didn't own the stills but gave Ray the telephone number of the person who did, Forrest J. Ackerman.
Harryhausen continues to credit much of the success of this sequence to Kerwin Matthews uncanny ability to visualize the image he is supposed to be seeing and give the sequences the much needed eye contact between the actor and the animated figure, which would be inserted at a later time.
Ray has taken some heat about the fact that the Selenites are actually children in big bug suites but, as Ray has explained, it would have taken years to animate all of the Selenites.
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 Myths and Visions: The Art of Ray Harryhausen | Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Ray Harryhausen is the renowned creator of special effects for films such as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and Jason and the Argonauts.
The exhibition presents Harryhausen's drawings, tracing his career from his early fairytale films, through the ‘monster' movies of the 1950s and 1960s to his large-scale features based on the Arabian Nights and Greek and Roman myths.
Ray Harryhausen will be here with Tony Dalton, the co-author of his two recent books Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life and The Art of Ray Harryhausen (both published by Aurum Press) to give this year's Lumière Lecture on 3 September.
www.nmpft.org.uk /harryhausen   (353 words)

 Ray Harryhausen Profile
Ray was born to Fred and Martha Harryhausen in Los Angeles.
Ray was fascinated by contrast in size and had begun toying with the idea of bringing the biblical story of DAVID AND GOLIATH to the screen.
Ray became part of the Army Motion Picture Unit, under Frank Capra, during WWII where he beagn using animation to illustrate the films, allowing him to contribute to the filmmaking history of this monumental event.
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 Ray Harryhausen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Ray Bradbury - that other great SCI-FI MASTER (Bradbury) talked to me about his life long friend Harryhausen when they were both 17.
Ray flew in from London to visit with Willis O'Brien's wife - which he did regularly until her death.
It is written by the boy in me who at 17, first fell in love with his genius (Ray Harryhausen) and the extensions of what genius, the delicious monsters that moved in his head and out of his fingers and into our eternal dreams.
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 Ray Harryhausen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Harryhausen prefers not to compare his work with special effects animation in live action films to the animated films of Tim Burton, Nick Park, Ivo Caprino, Ladislav Starevich and many others, which he sees as pure "puppet films", and are more accurately (and traditionally) called "puppet animation".
Harryhausen was then hired by Hammer Film Productions to demonstrate his skill by animating the dinosaurs in One Million Years B.C., released by 20th Century Fox in 1967, a box office smash, helped, in part, by the starring role of shapely Raquel Welch, in her second film.
Harryhausen was also involved in the process of colorizing She, produced by Merian C. Cooper, who had originally intended to shoot the film in color — but at the last minute the budget was cut by RKO, forcing Cooper to shoot in fl and white.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ray_Harryhausen   (2845 words)

 Ray Harryhausen - An Appreciation and Criticism
It is a shame that Harryhausen, who certainly understood the true nature of escapism and fantasy, opted to follow Western tradition by omitting the Porter and robbing the Sinbad stories of their deeper meaning.
The film allowed Harryhausen to return to some of the earlier themes hinted at in earlier movies (the notion that men are pawns in a game played by gods; the capricious nature of fate; the contrast between pure innocence and depraved evil) and he reworked these themes surprisingly well.
Harryhausen's escapist adventures were devoid of the beefcake and cheesecake that usually sells such movies, and he never glorified evil, which makes them candidates for family viewing.
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 THE FILMS OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Harryhausen provided the original puppets, including all their replacement heads, except for the tortoise, which was rebuilt All the sets had to be rebuilt and matched as well.
Harryhausen does a good job of matching the sparks and flames (which surely were superimposed) to the Beast angrily crushing the skeletal rollercoaster in an attempt to escape the flames.
Harryhausen does what he can with the saucers, making them spin and tilt and shooting them and their point of view from various angles, but they are not a very satisfying antagonist, being even more featureless than the giant octopus of IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA.
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 TechnoFILE Reviews The Films of Ray Harryhausen on DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Ray Harryhausen's body of work is a wonderful collection of fantasy and science fiction films in which his imaginative special effects are really the movies' star.
Harryhausen and Herrmann that some of his films originally had magnetic stereo soundtracks (as well as full stereo sound on a couple of laserdisc versions), and it's a shame these tracks weren't made available for the DVD.
Harryhausen, as noted in the reviews above, is a treat, a gem and it's a shame that he retired when he did, though all things considered it was probably the smart thing to have done considering the onset of "go motion" and computer generated effects.
www.technofile.com /dvds/harryhausen.html   (2904 words)

 Ray Harryhausen
Ray was able to put together a charming collection of fairy tales that he was able to sell to a distributor for showings to schools.
Ray was able to give the monster an indefinable sense of drama and pathos despite the fact that it was made of rubber and steel.
Harryhausen's animated dinosaurs were definite scene stealers, the fight between the caveman and the Allosaurus is a show stopper, especially the impaling of the dinosaur.
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 Amazon.com: Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life: Books: Ray Harryhausen,Tony Dalton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Harryhausen attributes his lifelong devotion to stop-motion to his initial viewing, at age 13, of King Kong ("I can remember every detail of that day quite clearly," he writes in the lengthy and deeply informative text that accompanies the book's hundreds of photos, bandw and color; "...I became obsessed with [the film's] magic").
To start with a clearing of the record: Harryhausen's first model, a cave bear, was covered with fur cut from an old fl fur coat hanging in his mother's closet, but despite reports to the contrary, his mother _did_ know all about it and _did_ give her permission beforehand.
Harryhausen isn't boasting; throughout the book he lets us know what he thought worked and what didn't, what he is proud of and what he winces at.
www.amazon.com /Ray-Harryhausen-Animated-Life/dp/0823084027   (3111 words)

 Biography for Ray Harryhausen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Harryhausen's real breakthrough, however, came when he was hired by Warner Brothers to do the special effects for The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953).
The film's $200,000 budget meant that Harryhausen would be forced to improvise to get the kinds of quality effects he wanted, and to that end he learned a technique called "split-screen" (rear projection on overlapping miniature screens) to insert dinosaurs and other fantastic beasts into real-world backgrounds.
Ray Harryhausen's wife, Diana Livingstone Bruce, was a descendant of Scottish explorer David Livingstone.
www.imdb.com /name/nm0366063/bio   (1227 words)

 Interviews - Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen is a wizard in the field of special effects and a pioneer in the art of stop motion photography whose career has spanned more than five decades.
RAY: Oh, I can’t name any specifically but in every film you’re subject to the curse of making a picture on a limited budget and therefore you have to pass many times, things you would like to change.
RAY: We were at one time, but some of these pictures would be so costly today that I’ve had to discard them from my mind.
www.monsters411.com /rayharryhausen.html   (1725 words)

 Ray Harryhausen Chess Pieces - X-Plus chess piece collection Cryptoys.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
From the classic Ray Harryhausen movie "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" is the Green Ghoul.
From the classic Ray Harryhausen movie "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" is the Metal creation of the Evil Queen the Minoton.
One of Ray Harryhausen's greatest achievements was Earth Vs the Flying Saucers.
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 Movie Habit: Interview with Ray Harryhausen
The man is Ray Harryhausen, and the quote, from a documentary called The Harryhausen Chronicles, refers to his long and illustrious career in special effects.
Harryhausen’s last film, a heroic tale based on Greek myths, was Clash of the Titans, released 17 years ago.
Harryhausen acknowledges the advances made by computer graphics, but he doesn’t see them as a perfect substitute for stop motion.
www.moviehabit.com /essays/harryhausen.shtml   (748 words)

 EI > Interviews > Ray Harryhausen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Ray sat down with us for a short period between the autograph session and his next speaking engagement.
Ray Bradbury is the only one I know who claims he saw it in Arizona at a preview.
Below are excerpts from the moderator and audience Q&A with Ray Harryhausen on day one of “Wonderfest 2003.” I was in the audience, but did not contribute any of the questions.
www.einsiders.com /features/interviews/harryhausen.php   (2713 words)

 Digital Dream Machine: G4TechTV - Ray Harryhausen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Fantasic Films of Ray Harryhausen: Legendary Monster Series features Jason and the Argonauts, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver.
The Fantasic Films of Ray Harryhausen: Legendary Science Fiction Series features these classics: It Came from Beneath the Sea, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Mysterious Island, and H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon.
Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life features over 300+ pages of history, never before seen concept sketches, movie production drawings, frame-by-frame deconstructions of special effect shots, and a foreword by Ray Bradbury.
digitaldreammachine.blogspot.com /2005/02/g4techtv-ray-harryhausen.html   (340 words)

 Animation World Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Ruth and Roger Whiter were lucky enough to meet Ray Harryhausen for tea and a chat about his career, the craft of stop-motion and the value of careful planning.
Roger and I were asked to interview Ray Harryhausen on the basis that we both work in the stop-motion business in London; Roger makes puppets, and I animate, mainly for children's series and specials.
Ray: I was working with George Pal when the war came along, and I thought that I'd like to get into something that I'm capable of doing, so I made this thing, a three minute short, of building a bridge.
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 Ray Harryhausen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
In September 1992 Ray Harryhausen came to Portland Oregon to participate in the Portland Creative Conference.
This was an amazing opportunity for many of us working there because Harryhausen was such an influence in us pursuing careers in dimensional animation.
One of the animators asked Ray if he had foreseen the use of computers and new technology in film animation and here's what he said.
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 A Chat With Ray Harryhausen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
oger and I were asked to interview Ray Harryhausen on the basis that we both work in the stop-motion business in London; Roger makes puppets, and I animate, mainly for children's series and specials.
Roger was born in California, but learnt his trade as a stop-motion puppet maker here in England, where, along with the rest of Europe, stop-motion has always been a much more dominant medium, and where the industry is currently thriving.
He was interested in Ray's detour from the experiments he carried out as a teenager, animating dinosaurs, to the fairy tale films he made after the war:
www.awn.com /mag/issue4.11/4.11pages/whiterharryhausen.php3   (494 words)

 Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame -- Science Fiction HOF -- Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen is one of the greatest stop-motion animators in film history, whose creations—born of metal armatures and synthetic flesh—have amazed audiences for five decades.
As a boy, Harryhausen was interested in sculpture and paleontology.
In 1992 Harryhausen received an honorary Academy Award for his life's work, and in 2003 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
www.sfhomeworld.org /exhibits/homeworld/scifi_hof.asp?articleID=210   (315 words)

 Ray Harryhausen | The A.V. Club   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
It's rare for a special-effects artist to be the real driving force behind a movie, but Harryhausen's contributions often dominated the shaping of his films.
Ray Harryhausen: [Laughs.] Well, that was quite a long way back.
We had a lot in common; he loved dinosaurs and I loved dinosaurs, and Ray and Forry and I would sometimes go way out to Eagle Rock and Pasadena just to see a replay of Last Days Of Pompeii, which was a [Merian] Cooper picture, and She, and King Kong, and Son Of Kong.
www.avclub.com /content/node/46520   (1604 words)

 CBC.ca - Arts - Film - Master of Illusion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Now 85 and living in London, Harryhausen recently oversaw the production of Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection, a DVD compilation of the animated work he created as a young man. The compilation includes a series of Mother Goose stories that Harryhausen brought to life in the late '40s and early '50s.
Harryhausen tours extensively on the sci-fi convention circuit, and will receive the first annual lifetime achievement award at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal later this month.
Ray Harryhausen will present the screening of Jason and the Argonauts on July 24 at Concordia University's Hall Building as part of the Fantasia Film Festival.
www.cbc.ca /arts/film/harryhausen.html   (2050 words)

 Ray Harryhausen - The Fantastic Films Of
Filmography: A filmography for all of the Ray Harryhausen films including the Mother Goose/Fairy Tale series.
The Harryhausen Store: There are four departments in the Harryhausen Store-Video, DVD, Music and Books.
A complete overview of the 65th Anniversary celebration where Ray was the guest of honor along with Forrest J Ackerman, Ray Bradbury and author Greg Bear.
lavender.fortunecity.com /judidench/584   (336 words)

 The UnMuseum - Ray Harryhausen's Dynamation
Ray Harryhausen was one of the great stop-motion artists of the 20th century.
Harryhausen, along with Willis O'Brien, Jim Danforth and David Allen, were responsible for giving the public fantasy films like King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and many others.
Because the model was animated directly in front of the screen that was showing the human actors, it was possible for Harryhausen to synchronize the movements of the models with the previously-filmed action.
www.unmuseum.org /dyna.htm   (1055 words)

 :: El Portal del 3D y la Animación :: 3DyAnimacion.com
The truth is that Ray Harryhausen is for thousands of people the precursor of the 3D animation, so and as we know it in the present time.
His work in films like 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad', in 1958, or 'Jason and the Argonauts', in 1963, with an amazing animated skeletons by the technique known as stop motion, have made of Ray Harryhausen a living legend of the special effects cinema.
We have spoken with Ray on his beginnings, his training, the stop motion, 'King Kong', the film that wake up his passion for the cinema, the effects in the 60s and nowadays,...
www.3dyanimacion.com /entrevistas/entrevistas.cfm?link=harryhauseneng   (933 words)

 The 7th Voyage.com
The skin for these models was from unborn goats because the pelts had small pure white hairs in proportion to the size of the models.
Harryhausen is now part of the BlueWater team developing projects that tap his extensive creative talents.
BlueWater will produce six titles with Harryhausen, advancing the adventures of the characters the filmmaker brought to life in his classic sci-fi and fantasy franchises.
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