Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Of Gods and Monsters: Ray Harryhausen, 1920-2013

My dad's a graphic artist. In 1992, his company sent him down to the Portland Creative Conference, when people had money and could do stuff like that. While there, he met a number of artsy folk both mainstream and cult--Chuck Jones, Joe Dante--and among them was Ray Harryhausen.

My dad couldn't help but ask: "how long did it take to do just a few movements on some of those monsters, anyhow?"

Harryhausen shrugged. "I have no idea. Had I thought about it, I never would have done it."

Time doesn't exist even in the most complicated of tasks, if you're really, really into what you're doing. We should all be so blessed.


  1. That's a wonderful thought, Laura, and the perfect tribute to Ray Harryhausen. Unlike a lot of the film community, I didn't really grow up with his movies, but I'm still grateful to the legacy the man left and I find his imagination and love for fantasy inspiring. How cool that your dad got to meet him!

    1. Thank you, Aubyn! He really did leave behind quite a legacy. He helped bring more attention to special effects and what true artistry like his could bring to fun monster movies.

  2. I'm finally getting around to reading this. What a nice story! And so true. Thanks for sharing. I always love to read your posts.