Ray Harryhausen

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Filmmakers Pay Tribute To Special Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen

Birth Name: Ray Harryhausen
Born: 06/29/1920
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Death Place: London, England, GB
Died: 05/07/2013

Born Raymond Frederick Harryhausen in Los Angeles on June 29, 1920, he was an avid reader of science fiction as a youth. His fascination with animation grew from a screening of "King Kong" (1933); he could not fathom how the giant ape moved, as he knew it was not a man in a suit and it moved too freely to be a puppet. Harryhausen soon learned that the secret behind the film was stop-motion animation, the process whereby a model is photographed one frame at a time, with minor adjustments between shots; when the footage is projected at normal speed, the model appears to move on its own. Harryhausen was so entranced by the technique and with its pioneer, Willis O'Brien, who almost single-handed... Continue Bio >>

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