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:
~By Mary Bowen, Krasker Film/Video Services