Ray-Harryhausen-1920---2013

Ray Harryhausen 1920 – 2013

It is possible that I would have ventured into the entertainment industry if my dad had not taken me to the drive-in to see One Million Years B.C., but he did. I was nine years old, and I became obsessed with the man who had created the dinosaurs that shared the barren prehistoric landscape along with John Richardson and Raquel Welch. I didn’t know how he did it, what he looked like or even how to pronounce his name, but I knew I wanted to be Ray Harryhausen.

The Grandmaster of stop-motion animation died last week. I haven’t had time to write a proper tribute, but rather than wait a year (as I did when Ray Bradbury passed away) I wanted to post images of things I never would have built, directed or drawn if not for Harryhausen.

Armature-1975

While in High School I made this stop-motion armature from bicycle chain links, nails and ball bearings

Doug-Lefler-1974

Me with a stop-motion puppet in 1974

Road-to-Calydon-1995

The Stymphalian Bird from “Road to Calydon”

The-King-of-Thieves-1995

Hercules fights a giant snake in “The King of Thieves”

A-Family-Affair-1998

A tender moment between a mother and her monster child from “Family Affair”

Dragonheart,-A-New-Beginning-2000

Dragonheart, A New Beginning

Nephilim-Dinosaurs

Scrollon image from Nephilim: “A Bigger World”

Dragon-Island-Nest-wip

Work in Progress – The Island of Dragons

Ashfire-Moon-Monsters

The Monsters of the Night from “Stories from the Ashfire Moon”