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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Pick Of The Pods: The Ray Harryhausen Podcast...


The 100th anniversary of Ray Harryhausen's birth takes place in 2020 and leading up to that The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation is planning a series of events to celebrate his groundbreaking special effects work.

Key to these celebrations is its podcast - The Ray Harryhausen Podcast - that was launched at the start of this year.

Featuring a mixture of archival interviews with Ray, as well as specially recorded commentary on his movies, recorded in the years just before his death in 2013, the podcasts are hosted by Collections Manager Connor Heaney and Foundation Trustee John Walsh, discussing Ray's work, his films, and items in the Foundation's collection of more than 50,000 pieces of Ray's art, monster models, props etc

The podcasts come out, roughly, monthly and range in length from around 20 minutes up to an hour-and-26-minutes (for the recent Clash of The Titans 35th anniversary special).

If you were born around the same time as I and grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons (or other RPGs), the chances are you were influenced to some degree by Ray Harryhausen's striking cinematic work.

To this day, I find it impossible not to picture a creature fight in one of the games I'm running being animated in Ray's classic stop-motion style.

As I've said many times before, the skeleton fight in Jason And The Argonauts is my all-time favourite fantasy fight sequence, while Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger pretty much established the framework of the first 'campaign' I ran (and played in) back when I first discovered D&D.

So, if you're a fan of Ray's work (and who isn't?) you really need to subscribe to this podcast.

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    1. Thanks for the great podcast and for keeping Ray's work alive.

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