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May 15, 2013
your movies are unforgettable.
May 15, 2013
Each of us has our own favourite Ray Harryhausen movie. Often it is the first of his films that we saw. In my case it was "THE THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER" first seen by me (at age 13) during the school holidays I was captivated by it and saw it 3 times in the week that it played at my local cinema. In 1961 "MYSTERIOUS ISLAND" followed,and I saw that 7 times that summer and spending all my paper round delivery savings. The manager of the theatre gave me a set of colour front of stills and poster and a press book for the film. I was hooked on Harryhausen. Both of these movies are terrific as they present such diverse special visual effects created by Ray and with those marvelous film scores by Bernard Herrmann.

Years later I worked in film publicity and promotion and promoted the later films by RH and Charles H. Schneer whom I met and worked with at Columbia Pictures(UK). As film makers and producers, they were always interested to know what were the creative elements of their films that captivated their audiences. Ray would often pop into a theatre where one of his films was being screened just to see how it played to the audience and eves dropping to hear what they thought and liked about the film(s).

Ray loved films and besides the 1933 "KING KONG", the 1935 film "SHE" and the 1940 film "THE THEIF OF BAGDAD" ranked among his favourites. I recall watching these films at special screenings with Ray and discussing the films with him at length. Such happy times.

Ray also loved film music & scores and followed many composers works and careers. Ray was thrilled to have scores from Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, Jerome Moross play such an integral part of collaboration within his films.

In the UK, Rays films were released theatrically in 35mm for screening on huge theatre screens. The prints were made at the Technicolor labs in the UK and these prints were superb as they brought to life Ray artistic contribution to the films with vibrant colours and grading and crystal clear clarity. This how I saw "GULLIVER" and "ISLAND" in the early 1960's. These prints lasted for years in theatrical release.

We have lost two of filmdoms greats with passing of Ray and Charles, but their legacy remains for successive generations to discover, rediscover and to be cherished by audiences around the world.

With grateful thanks to them both for their contribution to our lasting entertainment. I salute you both.

As afterthought: Long may the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation flourish in its all of its objectives in the future.

From Richard Green in England on 16th May 2013.
May 14, 2013
We all have our own favourite Ray Harryhausen movies. My first was THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER when it opened in England in 1960 - I was 13 years old and I loved it and saw it three times that week it played. At age 14, in 1961, came MYSTERIOUS ISLAND and I managed to see it seven times in one week spending all my pocket money savings to do so. I was hooked on Ray's stunning visual effects and Bernard Herrmann's monumental and powerful music score.
In the U.K. the 35mm theatrical prints of Ray's films were all produced at the Technicolor labs doing full justice to Ray's endeavours, and how the visuals leaped off the giant cinema screens on which we saw them. Each successive Ray Harryhausen/Charles H. Schneer production was eagerly anticipated as they always delivered great and magical entertainment.
Years later I was to meet both of these film makers and worked closely with them to promote their movies. It was a privilege and an experience I shall never forget, just as their films will never be forgotten as they live on to captivate successive generations of audiences around the world.

Farewell Ray, as you are reunited with your film associate Charles.

From Richard Green in England, May 15th 2013, with fond memories.
May 14, 2013
I was fortunate to have been able to work closely with Ray Harryhuasen and Charles H. Schneer in the publicity and promotion for the U.K. releases of "The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad"(1972)and for mid 1970's re-issue of "The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad" as well as for their joint stage appearance with Tony Dalton at a British Film Institute regional film theatre at Southampton in England. Both RH and CHS worked tirelessly to ensure that their films found their widest audience in theatres, on video and later on laser disc and dvd. Ray would often seek out theatres where his film(s) were screened and slip in as part of the audience to see how the patrons reacted to his movies. He later allowed me to visit him at his small west London effects studio to watch him animate the baboon chess game sequence (with Jane Seymore) for "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger". What a master of his art Ray was, for although he was under great pressure he still managed to retain his great sense of humour as he worked his fantastic Dynamation/Dynarama magic for us all to enjoy. I shall always treasure my association with them both all those years ago and for the encouragement and kindness they showed to me. Despite the passing of Ray and Charles, they live on through the legacy of their films. My heartfelt condolences to Ray's wife Diana and to his daughter Vanessa at his recent passing and to the other family members and close friends who share in his loss.