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Meister Ray Harryhausen – In Time Lapse

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

This is a video clip briefly showing Ray Harryhausen from around 1999. At that time, he was already retired for many years. For a television documentary, he provided this demonstration. The video time lapse is looped so that it repeats. When Ray animated … computer Animation Frame Grabbers did NOT exist! The only animation tools [...]

Master of Creatures

Monday, January 5th, 2015

From The California Sunday Magazine, a nice fancy & splashy article write-up about Meister Phil Tippett.

Phil Tippett is perhaps kind of a renegade and/or iconoclast in the biz. Years ago, just about every major effects studio that switched to CGI, eventually disposed of most of their ol’ school, tools of the trade methods & equipment, [...]

Before CGI ad nauseum – The Dark Overlord (Howard the Duck – 1986)

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

This is just about 29 years ago. Maestro Phil Tippett & his crew did these animated special effects sequences for this George Lucas produced movie.

Those many years ago and very advanced stop motion special effects. IMO … STILL holds up today. Any CGI obsessed fans out there, with negative criticism … ‘you all’ can [...]

Nick Hilligoss receives package delivery (Dark Earth)

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Just some quick shots of behind the scenes, including Nick Hilligoss demonstrating his expertise skills in ol school cinematography tricks and extraordinary animation talent. If you did not see this clip below, you would be astonished by the actual size of the stop motion creature puppet, however, the illusion of size-immensity & presence is [...]

‘Sinbad: The 5th Voyage’ FINALLY available

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

What a painstaking slow & long time it took for this indie film to be released to audiences. I have ranted in past (you can search other Sinbad posts) about this. The producers and/or distributor originally released this almost a year ago to only a few theaters in select cites.. It only lasted a week. [...]

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