Working With Dinosaurs, The Stop-Motion World of Ray Harryhausen was a half-hour programme about Ray's work broadcast on the UK's Channel 4 in 1999. Ray actually animated one of his skeletons in the show, his first animation since Clash of the Titans! It has never, to my knowledge, been either repeated on TV or released on DVD. I recorded it on VHS at the time and digitised it a few years ago.
A couple of days ago I sent a friend the avi file (which is 488Mb) via WeTransfer. You can also download it from WeTransfer via this link if you wish to have it:
The file will remain on WeTransfer's server until 23 May, upon which they will then delete it.
Many thanks McTodd! Amazing show - I think the best one I've seen about Ray and his work. So many of his great scenes shown, and this is where that time lapse shot of him animating the skeleton comes from, though here you get to see a lot more of it - along with closeups of him doing the animation and finally the skeleton standing up beside Ray - altogether maybe 7 or 8 minutes of him working with the skeleton puppet! What a great fix!
Thanks so much! This is a brilliant show. Great stuff!
Fantastic vid, 1 question though, what was the tool that Harryhausen was using to measure the movements of his puppet in the milometer increments he was talking about.
That is a surface gauge! In the days of animating on film it was used as a reference point for where a puppet was in a given frame. Nowadays, shooting on video with framegrabbers means animators can use onion-skins or similar features to actually view earlier frames.
Anyway, glad you all enjoy it! I'd but it like a shot if they released it on DVD, my creaky old VHS recording is not the best in the world...
Old School, like it.
What a great find!
Interesting thanks for the info, I might and try to find one just to mess around with it.
Hey thanks so much , it's nice to have this !
It was great to watch Ray work. Thanks for posting!
I haven't seen this since it aired in 1993. Was lucky enough to be in England to see it on UK television and wanted to get a copy of it ever since. Very nice of you to share!
Yo Chris, How ya been? Do you think with the passing of Ray Harryhausen; Mr. Band may have a bit of inspiration to release Primevals finally? Also, with Sinbad the 5th Voyage coming out soon...(not to mention a couple other Stop-mo Ray Harryhausen style films...like Legend of the Golden Fish Cake etc.)that it could light a fire under Band if those films do reasonably well? I would have thought the passing of Dave Allen would have been enough inspiration to finish his dream project...but...well, know what I'm sayin'? Or is there any movement at all?
RE: WORKING WITH DINOSAURS
Correction: Now that I've seen it, this is obviously not the program that was aired in 1993--sorry about the misinformation. Still, it was one of the best pieces on Ray. So glad you shared this!
Stan--Charlie Band is interested in releasing the film--he just doesn't want to spend ANY money on doing more work for it. He feels that the picture, as it now stands, can be re-cut into something that approximates a finished movie. I don't agree, and need to find alternative forms of funding (like kickstarter). That being said, I'm in the process now of dusting off the project and looking into getting back into production on THE PRIMEVALS. More on this soon, hopefully.