For decades, Ray Harryhausen was one of Hollywood’s most spectacular special effects wizards in the era way before high quality special effects. Using stop motion, rubber puppets and miniatures to make fantasy come alive in films like ‘Jason and the Argonauts’, ‘The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’. Harryhausen died today at the age of 92 at his home in Los Angeles.
Last Sunday at the Oscars, as Bill Westenhoffer was accepting an award for his visual effects work on ‘Life of Pi’, just as he was about to address the grievances of Hollywood VFX professionals, his mic was cut off fifteen seconds short. With pretty much every movie these days relying heavily on visual effects, the VFX community has been getting lowballed consistently to the point where the VFX company that won for Life of Pi couldn’t afford to keep their doors open.