While there has been much discussion on the Board about Ray Bradbury centennial events and celebrations, it is also worth noting that the 100th birthday of the brilliant stop-motion animator, and close Bradbury friend, Ray Harryhausen will be celebrated in June of this year. The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation will be announcing centennial-related events on its website as they are scheduled. To date, a display of Ray Harryhausen's work is scheduled to take place at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh from May through October of 2020 in honor of his 100th birthday. A link to information about the exhibit can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
The display of Ray Harryhausen's work, which had been scheduled to take place at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh from May through October of 2020 in honor of his 100th birthday, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. No new date has been announced.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has posted a brief update about its upcoming exhibition of Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation work in honor of his 100th birthday. The Gallery notes that new dates will be forthcoming, and provides some additional information about Mr. Harryhausen on its website, which can be accessed by the following link:
It should also be noted that in connection with Ray Harryhausen's 100th birthday, a new book about his work, authored by his daughter Vanessa, is scheduled to be released on November 25, 2020. It is titled RAY HARRYHAUSEN: TITAN OF CINEMA, and is priced at $35.00. For additional information about this forthcoming book, click on the link below:
YouTube's Dark Corner Reviews has just premiered a wonderful, 30+ minute documentary on Ray Harryhausen in honor of his centennial year, MYTH MAKER: THE FANTASY FILMS OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN. You can watch the program by clicking on the link below. I still vividly remember seeing the film THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD in a theater as a child back in 1958. I had never before seen anything like the film's incredible special effects, and I went around humming Bernard Herrmann's superb score for days.
In keeping with the centennial of Ray Harryhausen's birth, the link below will take you to a fine 1998 documentary on his life and career, THE HARRYHAUSEN CHRONICLES, narrated by Leonard Nimoy. One of the individuals interviewed in the film is his lifelong friend, Ray Bradbury.
In honor of the centennial of his birth, this year's San Diego ComicCon featured a wonderful virtual presentation about the life and work of Ray Harryhausen called "Harryhausen 100: Into the Ray Harryhausen Archives." The speakers included his daughter Vanessa, displaying a number of her father's iconic animation models. To watch the presentation, click on the link below:
The link below will take you to some brief footage from EVOLUTION, a proposed film by Ray Bradbury's close friend, the late Ray Harryhausen. Amazingly, this footage was shot by Mr. Harryhausen from 1938 to 1940, when he was only 18 to 20 years old! While the film EVOLUTION was never completed, the footage shows the stop-motion animation genius that would dazzle film goers a few years later:
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh has announced that the Ray Harryhausen exhibition in honor of the centennial of his birth, postponed earlier in the year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will open on October 24, 2020 and run though September 5, 2021. Tickets will go on sale on September 2, 2020:
For those who are unable to attend in person, the Scottish National Galllery of Art is providing an on-line virtual program of its exhibit of the work of brilliant special effects master (and close Ray Bradbury Friend) Ray Harryhausen, "Ray Harryhausen, Titan of Cinema." The price for viewing the on-line virtual exhibition is 10 pounds UK. The virtual exhibit will be available for viewing until February 22, 2022. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link below:
On May 26, 2021, from 6 pm to 7 pm Scotland time, the Scottish National Gallery of Art will present the first of four live-streamed interactive events in which Hollywood insiders and celebrity fans will discuss the work of Ray Harryhausen.
In the first event, Ray Harryhausen's daughter Vanessa will discuss the life and work of her father and reveal some behind-the-scenes stories with Connor Heaney, the Collections Manager of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
To take part in this event, you need to subscribe to the Harryhausen Virtual Exhibition Experience, the Gallery's on-line exhibition of videos, virtual exhibits and more relating to Mr. Harryhausen. Subscription to the Experience costs £10, and no further charge is required to take part in any of the events. For more information and to purchase a subscription to the Experience, just click on the link below: