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Ray Harryhausen On His Creatures
Empire's visit to the late, great master of stop-motion

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Clash Of The Titans (1981)

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"They’d made things with actresses before. One had a wig with rubber snakes in it, and whenever she walked you could see them bouncing, and it looked phony. But I didn’t want to animate gossamer gowns, which she has in the legend, so I designed a snake’s body for her, and she had to pull herself along with her hands. I thought that was very creepy. I wanted red eyes, but I couldn’t find a doll with eyes that colour. It was very expensive to get eyes manufactured, so I always just bought ready-made dolls’ eyes."

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1 Brilliant
"They are not monsters....they are misunderstood creatures". More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Thursday May 9, 2013, 12:45

2 RIP
Speechless and quite sad at this news. More

Posted by rissole on Wednesday May 8, 2013, 11:08

3 Pure Gold
I grew up with all the films Ray Harryhausen worked on and they fuelled my fantasies and ambitions. Sadly, I failed to follow in his footsteps, but I've managed to get most of the movies on DVD, and they still entertain and enthral. Maybe it's just a personal thing, but even with the marvels made possible by CGI seem unable to aspire to the same special magic. I think it may have something to do with this observation by the man himself: "I tried to improve on it, but I still admire King Kong because it influenced me enormously. There wasn’t a single superfluous scene in the dialogue or the visuals." More

Posted by Morteus on Sunday November 18, 2012, 18:18

4 RE: Exclusive: Ray Harryhausen On His Creatures
L: Empire Admin Post your comments on <a href=/features/harryhausen-on-harryhausen><b>t his article</b></a> Ok First thing I saw when I opened up the article is the skeleton figurine and damn I remember that thing. I can't remember what movie though, sinbad maybe or clash of the titans. When you take a look at some of the following pictures you can see it's from the argonauts, I remember that movie with silly nostalgia. That guy really is an artist. More

Posted by joig on Saturday November 17, 2012, 00:39

5 in cinemas????
If you can tell me where , that would be marvellous! I have read reviews but it neglect to say where its on...if at all!! Grrrrrr! More

Posted by zmtm on Friday November 16, 2012, 16:46


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