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The Ray Harryhausen Movie Awards: Pioneer of Shifting Monsters


© The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Basis, pictures by Brian Robertson, Nationwide Galleries Scotland

What do dinosaurs, skeletons, an enormous octopus, and a phorusrhacos have in widespread? Ray Harryhausen’s legendary arms zapped life into all of them!

Because the Fifties, Ray Harryhausen has been hypnotising audiences world-over together with his unprecedented stop-motion particular results. After seeing King Kong (1933), teen Ray Harryhausen was awe-struck and found a brand new life-long love for creating stop-motion creatures and bringing them to life. Harryhausen rapidly grew to become Hollywood’s go-to man when it got here to bodily results for live-action movie, making beastly characters for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies. He’s finest recognized for his work on 20 Million Miles To Earth, Conflict of the Titans, and Jason and the Argonauts. Ray’s profession spanned three many years and created a robust basis for future animators and mannequin makers to construct upon. His work mixed so many abilities and merged technicality with creativity in a manner that created total new worlds! All the time progressive, he created a brand new animation/particular results approach referred to as ‘Dynamism’. To cite a critic from The Guardian, ‘This isn’t simply particular results, that is artwork.’

© The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Basis, Vanessa Harryhausen’s e book, ‘Titan Of Cinema’.

To be able to proceed his legacy and encourage future generations of stop-motion artists, The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Basis have arrange an awards programme that can be open to entries quickly. I’ve spoken to John Walsh from the inspiration to be taught a bit extra about The Ray and Diana HarryHausen Basis and their thrilling new awards programme!

Inform me about Ray Harryhausen’s influence on the movie trade. 

Ray Harryhausen was an professional exponent of visible particular results via stop-motion animation. This concerned transferring a puppet in entrance of a digicam one body at a time to create the phantasm of motion. Different folks had been working on this discipline earlier than Ray, notably Willis O’Brien on King Kong (1933), however Harryhausen would break new floor and affect generations of filmmakers to come back. From Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, and James Cameron. On his demise in 2013, George Lucas stated, “With out Ray Harryhausen, there would seemingly have been no Star Wars.”

© The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Basis

What’s the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Basis, and the way can folks get entangled?

Ray and Diana arrange the charity within the Eighties to guard the huge assortment, estimated at 50,000 gadgets, and educate different animators in Ray’s working practices. We’re lively on social media and have exhibitions. You’ll find our web site right here and particulars of our present and most in depth exhibition to this point right here. We have now an lively social media presence and an award-winning podcast sequence too. 

© The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Basis

Are you able to describe for us the brand new ‘Ray Harryhausen Movie Awards’ programme?

Ray Harryhausen’s affect on cinema previous and current is really titanic. I devised these awards in Ray’s identify to recognise new requirements of excellence within the rising discipline of animation. I hope the awards will promote Ray’s legacy and determine new expertise coming into the trade. Extra info can be launched on the Awards web site within the coming months. 

Vanessa Harryhausen © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Basis

Is there something, particularly, you’ll be searching for in your award entries?

Innovation and approach, after all, are crucial for any judging panel. Nevertheless, the standard of the movies in that class is essential in awarding one of the best examples. It’s a case of peculiar the judges and hoping you get recognised. I’ve been on the opposite aspect as an award recipient and nominee on quite a few events, so I understand how a lot an award or perhaps a nomination might help a profession. 

© The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Basis, Ray & John Walsh with Kraken.

How do you hope these awards will affect emergent filmmaking expertise?

Animation is usually a solitary expertise for a filmmaker, so the awards will act as a community and an opportunity for different filmmakers to debate their work. It’s also a part of any filmmaker’s growth to see what their friends are working with and even struggling to attain. In any inventive discipline, development is the important thing to success. Typically that may be a irritating and difficult street to journey however satisfying once you arrive at your accomplished mission prepared to point out the world. 

John Walsh is a trustee of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Basis. Watch his documentary about Harryhausen’s life and work, and comply with him on Twitter.

In the event you fancy studying extra about Ray Harryhausen’s profession and seeing some magic from behind the scenes, the books; Harryhausen The Misplaced Films by John Walsh and the award-winning Ray Harryhausen Titan of Cinema by Vanessa Harryhausen are extremely advisable.



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