One of my biggest heroes and influences since I was a kid and my babysitter Susan took me to see “Jason and the Argonauts” has been Ray Harryhausen. He was a master of animation, stopmotion and special effects in so many movies for so long a time.
He added so much character and life to the little rubber puppets that inhabited the worlds he created.
He acted through his dolls in a way that you rarely see in CGI.
From Mighty Joe Young, to alien flying saucers , to an army of skeleton warriors and even a hydra and Kali, herself, he brought them all to life, by hand one frame at a time.
I became a film maker because of Ray, made my own stop motion monster movies in my basement. Sewed my own dinosaur puppets to animate and majored in animation, widely because of him.
I recorded and watched “Clash of the Titans” EVERY DAY for 3 years when I was a kid. All because of Ray.
Ray passed away, today at 93.
He will be missed. God bless, sir.