This profile was written in March, but it’s still good stuff:
Five decades before Coraline scared the hell out of moviegoers with its spooky stop-motion storytelling, special-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen got audiences screaming with his creepy Cyclops creature in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
Now Harryhausen, 88, shows how he pulled off the movie magic in a new book titled A Century of Stop Motion Animation: From Melies to Aardman.
The picture book offers behind-the-scenes photographs of Harryhausen at work on mythological monsters for films including 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts and 1981’s Clash of the Titans, both of which are being remade for 2010 release.
Published early this year, A Century of Stop Motion Animation illustrates Harryhausen’s DIY resourcefulness as he developed an approach to anatomically precise micromovements he called “Dynamation.”