The passing of visual effects and animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen, who died today at 92, has occasioned an outpouring of tributes from filmmakers who admire his iiconic work in movies such as Jason and the Argonauts and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Here's what they tell THR:
"For those of us who admired Ray or knew him personally, it is a sad, sad day, one that we hoped would never come. We lost a remarkable man, a lone wolf, a brilliant artist and a mentor for three generations of filmmakers. He is a big reason we are all here and although he will be missed dearly his work will continue to inspire generations to come." -- Dennis Muren, Eight-time Oscar winner and creative director at Industrial Light & Magic
“Watching Ray Harryhausen's films growing up was a pure joy. He brought legends to life and he became a legend himself. And I am sure that future generations of animators will continue to look to him for inspiration." -- Joe Letteri, four-time Oscar winner and senior VFX supervisor at Weta Digital
“In many ways Ray Harryhausen was the icon of an era where visual effects were done practically, painstakingly and perfectly. Before ones and zeros, before motion control, before $100 million budgets there was Harryhausen. It was because of the likes of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, that the modern age of visual effects was born. In his 92 years, Ray indeed had a ‘golden voyage’.” -- Scott Ross, a co-founder and former CEO of Digital Domain as well as a former general manager of Industrial Light + Magic and senior vp of LucasArts.
“Ray was not only a legend in our industry, but he was a tremendously gracious and giving man. His friendship was lovely, his talent undeniable and his passion and enthusiasm for our art unparalleled. I will miss him.” -- Jeff Okun, visual effects supervisor, senior VP of VFX at Prana Studios, and chair of the Visual Effects Society
"Every VFX artist owes a debt of gratitude to the master, Ray Harryhausen. His work lives on forever and will guide many generations to come." -- Eric Roth, executive director of the Visual Effects Society
Everyone talks about Star Wars but honestly it was Mr. Harryhausen who first inspired me to make movies.RIP Ray. twitter.com/m_giacchino/st…— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) May 7, 2013
If I believed in God, I'd want him to be like Ray Harryhausen -- nudging us one frame at a time toward the sublime & fantastic.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 7, 2013
Anyone in the world of animation, SFX, or fantasy owes everything to Ray Harryhausen. A true legend. RIP Sir. #rayharryhausen— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) May 7, 2013
Ray Harryhausen. All time great. Rest in peace.— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) May 7, 2013
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