DALLAS (March 6, 2006): Legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen has wowed film audiences for generations, bringing chess-playing apes, fighting skeletons and legions of fantastic creatures to life using his self-styled “kinetic sculpture.” He discusses his craft and career at Industry Insights: Ray Harryhausen, presented by A Bunch of Short Guys in partnership with Janimation, Inc. The event takes place Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the AngelikaFilmCenter, Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. Harryhausen will be interviewed by arts and entertainment producer, Arnold Kunert, followed by a question and answer period. After the event, Mr. Harryhausen will autograph copies of his new book, The Art of Ray Harryhausen, which will be sold at the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.abunchofshortguys.com. For the die hard fans, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 that includes admission to the pre-event reception at 6:00 p.m., the opportunity to meet Mr. Harryhausen, and reserved seating for the event.
Inspired by the movie King Kong, Harryhausen began working with models when he was just thirteen years old. A dozen years later, he collaborated with King Kong creator Willis O’Brien on the film Mighty Joe Young (1949), about a giant ape, which won an Oscar. Harryhausen’s innovative techniques contributed to the science fiction film genre of the 1950’s, with Earth Versus the Flying Saucers and Twenty Million Miles to Earth. His first solo effort was The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953). He later contributed to the film classics, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Clash of the Titans (1981). Harryhausen’s contributions to the visual effects industry were acknowledged with a lifetime achievement Oscar in 1992.
A Bunch of Short Guys (ABOSG) is a non-profit organization that fosters education and career development for students and professionals in the animation and visual effects industry. The group hosts free monthly meetings on the third or fourth Saturday of the month and presents the Industry Insights speakers series andthe Industry Giants animation and visual effects conference,featuring industry artists and training workshops. For more information, see www.abunchofshortguys.com (http://www.abunchofshortguys.com/).
For the last thirteen years, Janimation has been impressing audiences in film, commercials, television and video games with their animation and visual effects prowess. From the movies, “Spy Kids 2” and “Spy Kids 3D,” to national and international commercials and the recent video game trailer for director John Woo and Midway Games titled “Stranglehold,” the creative team at Janimation continues to find new ways to exceed client expectations and deliver quality visuals. For more information, visit their website at www.janimation.com (http://www.janimation.com/).
Additional support for Industry Insights: Ray Harryhausen has been supplied by Lone Star Comics, Post Asylum, Softimage and Digital Tutors.
For additional information on Industry Insights: Ray Harryhausen, to schedule interviews or request photos, please contact Meg Fullwood, Fast Forward Productions, at 214-946-9509 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.