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In today’s cinematic world where computers can make any monster or explosion in a movie seem astonishingly real, it’s easy to forget that the seminal work that went into movie special effects is just as astonishing.

Ray Harryhausen, who died Tuesday at age 92, was as much a pioneer of movie special effects as Daniel Boone was for America’s frontier. He resurrected an army of skeletons in 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts; summoned a dragon in 1958’s The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad; and brought Greek mythology stunningly to life in the original Clash of the Titans in 1981.

(A personal Harryhausen favorite of ours is the grandaddy of all lizard-
destroys-a-city movies, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, from 1953.)

Harryhausen did it all through a technique he perfected: stop-motion animation, in which carefully manipulated figurines are captured one celluloid frame at a time to render movement that otherwise would have been impossible to commit to film.

Movie effects likely will become more realistic, what with the constant breakthroughs in computer graphics. But Harryhausen’s inventive mind made special effects truly special.

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 05/11/13 - 01:26 am
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Thank you.

Much appreciated.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/11/13 - 06:03 am
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Harryhausen is an unusual

Harryhausen is an unusual last name that I looked up. He's of German descent, the family surname originally being spelled "Herrenhausen."

But I have to ask, what made this gentleman, with his movie technical advancement, get our local paper's attention? I'm still waiting for more 3-d movies since I bought my new TV from Costco.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/11/13 - 09:42 am
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Riverman1 "seriously ??"

Your comment about this guy's family back ground was un-necessary. You couldn't have just said, "Good editorial AC."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/11/13 - 12:21 pm
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Seriously?

T3Bledsoe, huh? That bothered you? Seriously?

It just shows you never know what will bother some. I'm curious, did you think it was a slam at German people? It wasn't. I've been to Germany and find the people and country to be just dandy.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/11/13 - 01:24 pm
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Riverman1 just looking some arguementative talk

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"T3Bledsoe, huh? That bothered you? Seriously?

It just shows you never know what will bother some. I'm curious, did you think it was a slam at German people? It wasn't. I've been to Germany and find the people and country to be just dandy."

Riverman1 just wanted to start something, but I did notice your comment. NO WORRIES ! Just a really dumpy day for LTE's !

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/11/13 - 01:44 pm
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Coolish. Smile.

Coolish. Smile.

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