As the title states, Ray Harryhausen (age 93) has recently passed away. Harryhausen is probably one of the greatest pioneers in cinema history. Known for his groundbreaking work on visual effects, he's one of the people responsible for perfecting the art of stop-motion, which is considered by many to be a lost art, specially after the advent of CGI.
Harryhausen was largely responsible for some of the most iconic and beloved scenes in stop-motion and cinema history, his work being featured in films such as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, just to mention a few.
His legacy inspired tons of people in the industry, such as Dennis Muren, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Sam Raimi, Joe Dante, Stan Winston, Kevin Yagher, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Rick Baker, Peter Jackson, Ivan Reitman, Joe Johnston, John Lasseter, Nick Park, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, George Lucas, Henry Selick and Rob Bottin.
He was, is and always will be a legend.
Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to watch that Ray Harryhausen box set I bought a while ago.