R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

07.05.2013 Misc Movies #FX

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Einer der ganz, ganz großen Menschen des Films ist heute gestorben: Ray Harryhausen verschied in London im stolzen Alter von 92 Jahren. Der Mann revolutionierte mit seiner Stopmotion-Technik die FX-Welt und seine Medusa ist wohl bis heute die perfekteste Darstellung der Gorgone: „Once, when asked if he had a favourite among his creatures, Harryhausen replied: 'It would be Medusa. But don't tell the others'.“

Ich habe, glaube ich, alle Filme gesehen, die er getrickst hat und seinen Einfluss kann man gar nicht genug würdigen. Sad Day, R.I.P. Harry. Nachrufe beim Guardian und bei der Süddeutschen, Snip von der Facebook-Seite der Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation:

The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations. […]

Tributes have been heaped upon Harryhausen for his work by his peers in recent years.

“Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much.” “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS”
George Lucas.

“THE LORD OF THE RINGS is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie’. Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made – not by me at least”
Peter Jackson […]

"Ray, your inspiration goes with us forever."
Steven Spielberg

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The Harryhausen Chronicles

Essenzielle Harryhausen-Doku von 1997:

This engaging 1997 documentary stands alone as the definitive tribute to stop-motion animator and special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, which is why it's been included as a DVD bonus feature on a number of Harryhausen films. Written and directed by Time magazine film critic and historian Richard Schickel (a guarantee of quality and authority), the film is blessed with the participation of Harryhausen himself, comfortable in his role as FX guru and living legend, humorously reflecting on his momentous career while offering a wondrous inspection of the stop-motion models that made him famous.

From before his apprenticeship on 1949's Mighty Joe Young to his final masterwork in Clash of the Titans, Harryhausen is honored as an old-school artisan, toiling in solitude to create some of the cinema's most indelible fantasies, one meticulous frame at a time. A compilation of rare film tests and previously unseen footage among the DVD bonus features makes this must-see viewing for Harryhausen devotees of any age.