I recently watched a documentary, Ray Harryhausen: “Special Effects Titan” it was the best film on TV over the festive period. I enjoyed learning a few things about the father of stop motion and I was rather pleased to learn where our careers have had parallels. Please enjoy my trivia not only inspired by Ray but also by good old IMDB, I do enjoy reading their trivia no matter how tenuous.
Kimmy Emson Trivia
Ray’s Dad was an engineer and developed and built the armatures
My Dad pretty much built my studio space and created my storage solutions
Ray’s Mum made the costumes for the puppets
My mum is an awesome knitter and she knitted this pig character for me.
Knitted Pig character brought to life
He wears many different hats in the production process.
Like Ray, I too wear many different hats by producing, animating and directing projects.
When Ray was 13, he saw King Kong and was very inspired to make his own films
When I was 13, I saw Nick Park win his Oscar for The Wrong Trousers, and I realised that people got paid to make animation- and then I was inspired to make animation.
Upon starting filmmaking, he couldn’t find someone to do camera work or model making, so he did it all himself.
I have a bank of skilled freelancers I work with who are great at camera work and others who are great at model making when the project requires it.
If a person hears “animation” they think cartoon, so Ray developed his own term to describe the action in the films he was making “dynamation”
Yes, I often wondering about describing my work as stop motion verses social videos.