Tributes flood in for visual effects legend Ray Harryhausen

Posted on 8 May 2013
By Michelle Gondry
  • Share:

Following the death of visual effects legend Ray Harryhausen the movie world has been in mourning and paying tribute to his exceptional and pioneering work.

Harryhausen, who died at the age of 92, had lived in the UK for several decades and was best known for his work on Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans.

The animator hand-made his models and painstakingly shot them frame by frame, creating some of the most iconic animated sequences in cinematic history.

In 1992 he was given a special Oscar to honour his work in special effects.

Tributes have been flooding in for the Oscar-winner.

Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright said: “I loved every single frame of Ray Harryhausen’s work.

“He was a true legend.”

Actor Simon Pegg described him as “An inspiration,” adding that “His influence cannot be measured and has shaped cinema as we know it.”

George Lucas said that without him, “there would likely have been no Star Wars”, and similarly, Peter Jackson claimed his Lord of the Rings films would not have been made “without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling”.

James Cameron said Hollywood’s science-fiction film-makers had been “standing on the shoulders of a giant”, while Steven Spielberg said Harryhausen’s inspiration “goes with us forever.”

The Los Angeles-born special effects master died last Tuesday in London, aged 92.