Animation Man

Long before computer nerds staged a coup d'etat in the animated-movies sector, film geeks dominated the scene with stop-animation. Stop-animation is the old-fashioned way of making fantasy characters come to life on the silver screen and in the hearts of fans young and old. The magic takes place frame by frame and action by action in order to create a vivid illusion without the aid of computers. Ever wondered how one man's elaborate fantasy can draw a cult-like following? Ever wanted to be the one with the elaborate fantasy raking in a lot of money? Here's your chance to pick the brains of a man with a successful imagination. With big hit movies like the original King Kong, Mighty Joe Young and Clash of the Titans, and an Academy Award in 1992, Ray Harryhausen can teach you a thing or two. The animation guru shares his thoughts at the Industry Insights lecture series presented by A Bunch of Short Guys and Janimation, Inc. Copies of his book, The Art of Ray Harryhausen, will be available at the event. He'll even autograph it for you Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. Tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are available for $50. Visit
Thu., March 30, 7 p.m.