R.I.P Ray Harryhausen
Earlier this week the world of film said a sad goodbye to "The Godfather of Stop Motion Animation" aka Ray Harryhausen. The man was a legend & was lucky to live to the age of 92, doing what he loves best (animating his creations).
In todays film & media so much is done with CGI, with stop motion & traditional animation taking a back seat, which I is a shame.
Take a peak at the beneath video of a chronilogical list of all of Ray's feature film creatures.
Where to start.
The guy is my hero!
As a kid I wrote to Richard Williams (the man responsible for the animation in "Roger Rabbit").
I told him about how I painted Roger Rabbit on my wall, & how many times I went to the cinema to go see the film.
To my suprise he actually wrote back! (pictured left)
I was never the same after seeing that film, & to have the guy respond with such positivity completely inspired me to do MY thing.
So as a kid I kept a close eye out for his next BIG film.
I saw documentaries about one that he had been working on, ("The Thief & The Cobbler") couldnt wait to see it finished. Time passed I grew up & it kind of vanished. What happened?
I remember seeing Disney's Alladin & thinking "hey they ripped off Richard Williams".
Years later I looked it up on the net & found out! Gutted! The man had his film taken from him from funders.
Below is a trailer for a new documentary "Persistence Of Vision", it's the story of what happened to Richard Williams's film.
Like the facebook page for the film here. Tell your local film festivals about it.
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"Last Days of Coney Island Part One". However as an independant movie maker he needs your help & you can donate anything from $1 upwards here to help production costs. Lets see more traditional animation make it to the big screen.