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Special Effects Masters — Frame by Frame Videos

Harry Hamlin in the original Clash of the Titans, with effects by Ray Harryhausen

For the past two years, Curt Bright and I have been doing a series of short videos also entitled Frame by Frame, and it seemed to me that it’s only right to break these out in a more public fashion by highlighting some of them in my text blog.

This 3 minute video, covering the work of special effects masters Willis O’Brien (King Kong), Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts) and Phil Tippett, who made the jump from stop motion animation to CGI visuals, most notably in Paul Verhoeven‘s Starship Troopers (1997), is one of the best yet, and I really felt Curt’s hard work on the piece deserved a mention.

You can see it by clicking here, or on the image at the top of this page.

You can also see all the Frame by Frame videos by clicking here.

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