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Our Dinner With Ray [Mar. 29th, 2006|01:22 am]
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The show was scheduled to start at 7. We got there around 5:15 to pick up our tickets. I thought we'd get a snack afterward, but the line was already forming, so we sat down and waited. The crowd was very friendly. The guy next to us took our picture.

This guy painted the original picture for this poster. He was hoping to get it signed. I'm sure he did. Click on the picture to see a larger image.

After a while, we all went in, ordered our food, and had King Kong with our dinner.


After the movie, Ray Harryhausen fielded questions from the audience. Georgie asked him how he made it so the models of the skeletons and the real life actors appeared to be interacting. Ray Harryhausen joked "It's in my book."


After the Q & A session, they showed two shorts. A new Harryhausen, based on the Pit and the Pendulum, and a clip from a film by the guy who made the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. The Pit and The Pendulum short reminded me of this thing that songwriters do where they take a major work of fiction, generally a (reasonably good) book or story you read in English Class, and turn it into a song. It's strange to have something so intense distilled into the standard three minute pop music format. It's a little jarring, a little "wow, that's what it was about?" and a little refreshing to have to plot in a different medium. That's how the Pit and the Pendulum was. It's strange to see such an intense story told in animation. The whole thing lasts maybe five minutes. It gets near to Poe's intensity for a few seconds here and there, but each scene ends so quickly, that the horror never really sets in. I found that to be relieving. What it made me realize is that if I never read the Pit and the Pendulum again, it will be too soon. It was a good way to revisit the story and be reminded of the craft in it without having to go through the intense reading experience of the actual story. I was disconcerted by the short when I saw it, but I'm liking it better now.

After the shorts, G got our books signed and I got a copy of Jason and the Argonauts signed. During the signing, Mr. Harryhausen was a true gentleman, patient and friendly with each person, chatting, posing for pictures and signing autographs.


What a cool guy he is. Truly a class act. I had a great night, and so did G.


[User Picture]From: ndozo
2006-03-29 12:56 pm (UTC)
How lucky you guys are to have gotten to see a real master. It's heartening that he is so nice adnn gentlemanly. How old do you suppose he was when he did Jason and the As? We were pretty young. We saw it on TV, right? Had it played in theaters first? The fight scene really made a big impression on me but the rest of the details are pretty much lost. I'm glad you had a great time. The pictures are great too. And I know exactly what you mean about the p and the p. I creeps me out even thinking about it.
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2006-03-29 01:35 pm (UTC)

so very cool

Man, oh, man! Wow and Golllllllly!

I'll have to get a copy of his book and find out how he did what G had asked. That is such a great scene after all.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2006-03-29 07:24 pm (UTC)

Re: so very cool

I bet Agam would like the movie.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-31 04:28 am (UTC)

Hey, I'm that guy - the one in line who took your pictures...

Dear Carol,

Or should that read "Carole"? I'm so glad to've successfully tinkered with the LiveJournal address you gave me... I originally searched with cd0z0 for some reason, of course without good result. But I finally (duh!) figured that the zeroes were actually "O"s and there was your journal.

It was a real treat meeting you and Georgie at the Harryhausen event. Glad to read how you both enjoyed the time just as I and my buddy Chris did. Thanks for saving our seats while I was out looking for his late-arriving self; that was very kind of you.

Have to say I was a tad envious of your son - being lucky enough to meet Ray Harryhausen at pretty much the very same age that I first fell in love with the man's works. His excitement was great fun to see cuz I'd have been exactly the same 35 years ago. Not that my eyes weren't misting over from time to time during the talk, so I guess there still remains some of the little kid in me even now.

Anyway, just wanted to check in and say hello. Hope everything goes well with your new house!

All my best,

Jeff - jef9000@sbcglobal.net - (I'm sure you get the 2001 reference in my silly email address)

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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2006-03-31 05:16 am (UTC)

Re: Hey, I'm that guy - the one in line who took your pictures...

Hey Jeff,

Thanks for taking our picture.

It was fun hanging out with you. Perhaps we'll run across each other again.
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