Ray Harryhausen, the creative genius behind some of cinema’s most iconic monsters, sadly passed away this week. His career spanned many decades and his unmistakeable talent and ability to breathe life into stop motion led to him being described by John Landis as cinema’s only technical auteur.
His work and craftsmanship wowed audiences for years, and has inspired many contemporary film makers. In 2012 The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation released the feature length documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, which offers an insightful and comprehensive look at Ray’s career and influence. The documentary brings together never-before-seen test footage of Harryhausen’s creations with an array of interviews with directors such as Steven Spielberg, Terry Gilliam and James Cameron, as well as the man himself.
The film offers a detailed and moving portrait of one of cinema’s true greats and offers a unique look at the processes and techniques Harryhausen developed.