Puppet Masters: Stop Motion Animation in Visual FX Filmmaking

Visual effects legend Ray Harryhausen inspired a generation of visual effects artists with his pioneering work in stop motion animation. Four of Ray's "kids,” all masters of this technique, will gather to discuss stop motion animation and its use in creating characters and creatures for movies.

Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett, Tom St. Amand, and Jon Berg have created visual effects using stop motion in some of the most famous films of the last three decades. The holographic chess pieces in the original Star Wars, the Hoth snow battle in The Empire Strikes Back, the dragon Vermithrax in Dragonslayer, the mine car chase in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the flying rocket man in Rocketeer, and the deadly ED 209 robot in Robocop are just a few examples of their amazing craft.

Join moderator Hal Hickel in a discussion of their work with stop motion, its history as a visual effects technique, and the transition into computer-generated animation. (This program is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, Between FramesThe Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation).

Saturday, October 20


The Theater