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Profile: Ray Harryhausen

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Stop-Motion Pioneer Ray Harryhausen Books His Scariest Creatures

Stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen tinkers with a skeleton featured in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Photo courtesy Watson-Guptill Publications
Stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen tinkers with a skeleton featured in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Photo courtesy Watson-Guptill Publications

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.”

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.