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 Post subject: R. I. P. Ray Harryhausen
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 5:15 pm 
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Sad news:-

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=103886

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 10:42 pm 
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Yes, very sad. I've always wanted to be a writer, except for a period when special effects was my thing - and Mr Harryhausen was entirely responsible for that shift. My crap model alligator and awful stop-motion attempt is entirely responsible for going back to writing. Always loved his work though. Like many people, I'll always remember that fight with skeletons. That one's a favourite.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:18 am 
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Yup, sad news. Much prefer stop-motion animation to CGI when it comes to having real people in the scenes as well. A great innovator.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:27 am 
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The skeleton fight is one of my favourites too, along with Talos from the same movie and the multi-handed Kali from one of the Sinbad films. Those scenes, and others like them, still standup in today's CGI heavy climate. Harryhausen was an inspiration to so many, not just those interested in sfx, in a way I don't think Industrial Light and Magic and their ilk will ever be.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:39 am 
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Even dated as they are you can tell they're tangible, real things. For me, CGI is still very flat.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 10:09 pm 
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Yep, guy was a legend. SF connections too - he did the effects for The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, based on a Ray Bradbury story. I remember seeing the skeleton fight sequence in the cinema as a kid (must've been about seven). Scared the crap out of me!

I love that the restaurant in Monsters, Inc. was called Harryhausen's.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 10:44 pm 
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When I was a kid, if I saw one of his films in the Radio Times I'd count down the days till they were on.

He very nearly came to FantasyCon a couple of years ago, when he was awarded the Karl Edward Wagner special award, but fell ill just before the trip.

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