Ray Harryhausen

Ray HarryhausenBorn: 29 June 1920
Died: 7 May 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special effects creator Ray Harryhausen was born on this day in 1920.

Inspired by the the film King Kong (1933) and the work of Willis O’Brien, he spent his early career experimenting with stop-motion animation and was hired as an assistant animator to work on his first feature film Mighty Joe Young (1949), working alongside O’Brien.

The first film for which he was solely in charge of special effects was The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) and it became a box office success. It was during the making of this film that he developed a new style of stop-motion animation that he called ‘Dynamation‘, a technique that split the background and foreground of a pre-recorded live action scene so he could add the animation to the foreground.

Harryhausen is best known for the films The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and his last film Clash of the Titans (1981).

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