IN THE SPOTLIGHT: RAY HARRYHAUSEN!

By in Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects
July 6th, 2010

Well, we at Krasker are sorely remiss for not noting last week the 90th birthday of someone very near and dear to our hearts….that maven of movie magic, that conjurer of clay, that sorcerer of stop-motion: special effects innovator and producer Ray Harryhausen!

Born on June 29, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, Ray is perhaps most famous for his brand of stop-motion model animation, sometimes called Dynamation. Among his most notable works are his animation on Mighty Joe Young (with pioneer Willis O’Brien, which won the 1949 Academy Award for special effects), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (his first color film) and Jason and the Argonauts, featuring a famous sword fight against seven skeleton warriors, and the original 1981 (and best!) version of Clash of the Titans!

To learn more about this talented man and his astounding & enduring  cinematic acheivements, check out his official website: rayharryhausen.com .

 But before you do, take a gander at some of his best-known work:

Ray with a Skeleton from Jason and the Argonauts

Ray with a member of his "Skeleton Crew," from Jason and the Argonauts

The Famous Cyclops from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

The Cyclops from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

Ray Posing with Two of the Stars from Clash of the Titans: Calibos and Medusa...just don't look her in the eye!

Ray Posing with Two of the Stars from Clash of the Titans: Calibos and Medusa...just don't look her in the eye!

~By Mary Bowen, Krasker Film/Video Services

One Comment on IN THE SPOTLIGHT: RAY HARRYHAUSEN!

  • Yes!! Dynamation brings back memories, too bad stop motion isn’t popular anymore.

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