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    Ray Harryhausen, Big-Time Innovator in Special Effects, Has Died

    Ray Harryhausen, who has had such a major impact on modern filmmakers and animators I can't even tell you, has died at age 92.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/mo...t-92.html?_r=0

    He was a specialist in stop-motion animation.

    Mr. Harryhausen strove for realism. He constantly sought ways for his creations to share the screen and interact with live actors and settings as seamlessly and believably as possible.

    The heart of his technique was a process he developed called Dynamation. It involved photographing a miniature — of a dinosaur, say — against a rear-projection screen through a partly masked pane of glass. The masked portion would then be re-exposed to insert foreground elements from the live footage. The effect was to make the creature appear to move in the midst of live action. It could now be seen walking behind a live tree, or viewed in the middle distance over the shoulder of a live actor — effects not possible before.
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    This sci-fi fan salutes you Mr. Harryhausen. R.I.P.
    “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare

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    Another great passes away. RIP

    This video here highlights just how good he was at creating visual effects - the famous sword fight with the skeleton warriors from the 1963 film, Jason and the Argonauts. For 1963, it was well ahead of its time and just goes to show what pioneer he was. And as many commentators have pointed out, without him there would have been no Star Wars in 1977.
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    A giant of the "Art of Film" is gone.
    Thanks, for the gift of imagination you shared with us

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    6 Influential Stop-Motion Movies From Ray Harryhausen — http://bit.ly/YDBI1k #RIP

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    21 Mesmerizing GIFs Of Ray Harryhausen's Magical Creatures http://bzfd.it/ZPLkVi http://twitpic.com/cp6qbu
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    BBC News (UK) ‏@BBCNews 17m
    "A living museum in many ways". Why movie animator Ray Harryhausen, who died on Tuesday aged 92, was quite a hoarder http://bbc.in/10qdTFu
    Last edited by dardar1126; 05-08-2013 at 06:27 PM.

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    TCM remembers the late special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen in our tribute video which aired this week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhbbET43Ehs

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