Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ray Harryhausen -- Special Effects Wizard

May 7, 2013, stop-motion animation pioneer and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen dies at age 92.  Harryhausen's stop-motion techniques brought to life a variety of creatures -- mythical and otherwise -- including dinosaurs, visiting aliens and, on at least one occasion, fighting skeletons. 

Two of the better known Ray Harryhausen movies lensed on the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth were "20 Million Miles to Earth" (1957)...

And, the serial "Mysterious Island" (1961) lensed both on the Iverson Ranch and nearby Corriganville.

Ray Harryhausen's outer space monster in "20 Million Miles to Earth" (1957).

Until I found this 1961 "Mysterious Island" lobby card -- with the Iverson Gorge Archway in the photo -- I believed this serial had been shot entirely at Corriganville.

Raymond Frederick Harryhausen, special effects creator and technician, born 29 June 1920; died 7 May 2013.

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