Living legend Ray Harryhausen was there for a press conference, where my shiny press pass got me in before normal visitors (hehe). Various questions were asked about what he thought the future of stop-motion animation was, what he thought of the remake of Clash of the Titans (he hadn't seen it), etc. The main thrust of this press conference, however, was a special announcement - that the London Film Museum is going to have a new exhibition, starting 29th June 2010 (on which day Ray turns 90), entitled:
Ray Harryhausen - Myths and Legends.
Models, artwork and storyboards will make up the bulk of the exhibition, which will run for approximately a year. This will definitely be one worth seeing.
I learned a few things I didn't know about Harryhausen's work - of course we all know that he did the creature effects for a number of films, notably Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts; what I didn't realise was that he always worked alone, so every effect you see was completely created by Ray. Also it had never occurred to me that with his films, the creatures and action sequences involving them were created first - the script was woven around those scenes afterwards!
Ray Harryhausen with his biographer Tony Dalton (sorry I couldn't get a better photo)
One of the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts - only a few inches high, but still terrifying!
The skeletons as we know them from the movie...
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