Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Visual effects genius and legend in the movie industry, Ray Harryhausen has died at the age of 92.

Harryhausen is most famous for his stop-motion work and seeing his work in Jason And The Argonauts and Clash Of The Titans will never be forgotten. Personally myself I was scared to death by the skeletons that came to life and moved with so much natural movement I thought that movies could not get any better.

The American animator made his models by hand and painstakingly shot them frame by frame to create some of the best-known animated sequences in cinema.

His death in London was confirmed to the BBC by a family representative.

The BBC writes:

He is perhaps best remembered for animating the seven skeletons who come to life in Jason and the Argonauts, a sequence which took him three months to film, and for the Medusa who turned men to stone in Titans.

Harryhausen inspired a generation of film directors, from Steven Spielberg and James Cameron to Peter Jackson of the Lord of the Rings fame.

Harryhausen lived in the UK for decades and died at London's Hammersmith Hospital, having received treatment for about a week.

Peter Lord of Aardman Animations was quick to pay tribute, describing him as "a one-man industry and a one-man genre" on Twitter.

"I loved every single frame of Ray Harryhausen's work," tweeted Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright. "He was the man who made me believe in monsters."

Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22441567




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