Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ray Harryhausen1920 – 2013

(Darth Vader scream) Noooo!


According to Wikipedia, Ray Harryhausen was born in Los Angeles on June 29, 1920. He met the animator of King Kong, Willis O'Brien, worked for George Pal and became a good friend of Ray Bradbury.I'd say that's pretty impressive, career and life-wise.


Back at summer camp, my dad managed to get a copy of Jason and the Argonauts on 16mm film. Set up the projector, got the kids together, and get the popcorn going: pure heaven!

(Copyright 1963 Columbia Pictures)

I'll never forget Jason fighting those skeletons. At the time, I had no idea who Ray Harryhausen was.
Later on, I could detect the differences in the film grain and exposure between the actors and the stop motion figures when his films came to video, but it's still a great experience.

With digital technology, I wonder what it would take to recreate that stop motion look from the early 1960's. What lenses, what film stock, lights and materials did Harryhausen use?

I'm still on my own quest for the Golden Fleece. Need a break from all this technology, get back to some earthy type of creation.


I don't know what else to say. A great time in film history.
He was 92. I hope I can make that.




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