Ray Harryhausen June 29, 1920 - May 7, 2013
Today is a day that I have dreaded for quite some time. The father of modern special effects, Ray Harryhausen has passed away. His work has been a great source of wonder and inspiration for so many people. I certainly wouldn't have developed an interest in special effects and stop motion animation were it not for this man's films. Films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, and the Original Clash of the Titans. He brought mythical creatures and worlds to life in a way that CGI is still unable to do. Our world was just drained of a little more color and magic.