The Zone is a very complicated system of traps, and they’re all deadly. I don’t know what’s going on here in the absence of people, but the moment someone shows up, everything comes into motion. Old traps disappear and new ones emerge. Safe spots become impassable. Now your path is easy, now it’s hopelessly involved. That’s the Zone. It may even seem capricious. But it is what we’ve made it with our condition. It happened that people had to stop halfway and go back. Some of them even died on the very threshold of the room. But everything that’s going on here depends not on the Zone, but on us! [..] I think it lets those pass who… have lost all hope. Not good or bad, but wretched people. But even the most wretched will die if they don’t know how to behave. -Stalker (1979)
Director: Joaquín Serrano
Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films,
which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much. Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no Star Wars.
The Lord of the Rings is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie.’ Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made — not by me at least.
In my mind he will always be the king of stop-motion animation.
His legacy of course is in good hands. Because it’s carried in the DNA of so many film fans.
You know I’m always saying to the guys that I work with now on computer graphics ‘do it like Ray Harryhausen.’
What we do now digitally with computers, Ray did digitally long before but without computers.
Only with his digits.
His patience, his endurance have inspired so many of us.
Ray, your inspiration goes with us forever.
I think all of us who are practioners in the arts of science fiction and fantasy movies now all feel
that we’re standing on the shoulders of a giant. If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn’t be who we are.
The Harryhausen Chronicles, narrated by Leonard Nimoy, covers much of his work with some great close-ups of his puppets and lots of advice from the master himself. In the introduction Ray Harryhausen says: “Fantasy is a dream world and I don’t think you want it quite real. You want an interpretation and stop motion gives it an added value that you can’t catch if you try to make it too real.”
50% of the time, it works all the time.
Wait, what’s the area code?
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