Known for his iconic stop-motion creatures, Ray Harryhausen was at the forefront of Hollywood special effects for much of the 20th century. His films include One Million Years B.C., Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts, among others. But for every film that reaches the big screen, half a dozen projects are never realized.
Harryhausen: The Lost Movies, by author John Walsh, explores Harryhausen's unrealized films, including unused ideas, projects he turned down and scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor. This book includes never-been-seen-before artwork, sketches, photos and test footage from the Harryhausen Foundation archives.
You can purchase the book at your favorite book seller, but here is a link to the listing on Amazon. It’s affordably priced at $28.
Want to own a piece of stop motion animation history? Sure you do. Got at least $1,000 to do it? Well, maybe not. Five hand-made puppets and three promotional photographs from Ernest B. Schoedsack's adventure sequel The Son of Kong are currently up at auction. These wood-and-fabric puppets, designed by RKO Cameraman Guy Neward, were used for the sequence in which Hilda (Helen Mack), Carl (Robert Armstrong), Charlie (Victor Wong), and Captain Englehorn (Frank Reicher) fled crumbling Skull Island in a rowboat. Sorry, but the actual Son of Kong himself is a no show for this auction.
Information about the auction can be found here.
Festival Stop Motion Montreal is the world’s longest-running festival dedicated to this medium, and perhaps its most ambitious. The 11th edition, which runs September 16–22, will center on the theme of “stop motion in the digital age.”
This year, the festival welcomes Phil Tippett, a legendary stop-motion visual effects artist, who has been working for several years on the short film series Mad God as an independent filmmaker. Three episodes of this series will be presented, in addition to its virtual reality version. Phil Tippett will also offer a conference that allows festival goers to learn about the different aspects of his work.
Information about Festival Stop Motion Montreal can be found here
What do you get when you cross Lego with the feature film The Shining? This stop motion piece by kreimkouk on YouTube of course! Kreimkouk says in his video description that "Made this over the course of 3 weeks and took around 50-60 hours. 2220 pictures @ 15 FPS." He also mentioned that YouTube took his original video down for the music which was copyrighted. At that time the video recieved over 30,000 views! A major feat, most likely due to how well it turned out.
Dancer Hokuto Konishi finished an amazing stop motion video utilizing thousands of cut outs. 4000 to be exact! In these two videos you can watch both the finished video and learn who created it and how it was made.
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