On March 30, 2006, A Bunch of Short Guys, in close collaboration with principle sponsor, Janimation, Inc. brought Industry Insights: Ray Harryhausen to the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Texas.
Legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen has wowed film audiences for generations, bringing chess-playing apes, fighting skeletons and legions of fantastic creatures to life using his self-styled “kinetic sculpture.” Inspired by the movie King Kong, Harryhausen began working with models when he was just thirteen years old. A dozen years later, he collaborated with King Kong creator Willis O’Brien on the film Mighty Joe Young (1946), about an enormous chess-playing ape, which won an Oscar. Harryhausen’s innovative techniques contributed to the science fiction film genre of the 1940’s in a trio of films including Earth Versus the Flying Saucers and Twenty Million Miles to Earth. He went on to contribute to several film classics, including The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Clash of the Titans (1981). Harryhausen’s contributions to the visual effects industry were acknowledged with a lifetime achievement Oscar in 1992.