Episode One- Introduction to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast
Join Collections Manager Connor Heaney and Foundation Trustee John Walsh as we bring you the first episode of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast!
An introduction to Ray’s archive, interspersed with exclusive interview clips from the man himself. We discuss aspects of the collection which stand out for us, as well as some of our plans for #Harryhausen100, a celebration of Ray’s centenary in 2020.
Listen in for an exclusive competition in which one lucky listener will have the opportunity to win a copy of Ray’s book, ‘A Life in Pictures’.
Episode Two - Influence and Legacy
Join us for Episode 2 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, as John and Connor discuss the incredible influence that Ray’s films had on a generation of movie goers.
Stay tuned for another #Harryhausen100 competition!
Episode Three – Earth vs the Flying Saucers
Episode 3 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast sees us celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1956 classic, ‘Earth vs the Flying Saucers’. Join us as we discuss the context of the film, the special effects on display, and its fantastic legacy six decades long.
Collections Manager Connor Heaney and Foundation Trustee John Walsh are accompanied by classic clips and sound effects from the film, as well as interview footage from Ray Harryhausen himself.
Episode Four – Q&A
Episode 4 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast sees John Walsh answering your questions! Join us as we investigate various aspects of Ray’s life and work in depth, with a special prize announced for the best question at the episode’s end.
Enjoy, and let us know what you think on our Twitter and Facebook accounts!
Episode Five - One Million Years BC 50th Anniversary Special
Episode 5 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast celebrates the 50th Anniversary of ‘One Million Years BC’. Released in 1966, this film has gone on to be one of Ray’s most recognised and memorable projects.
Join Foundation trustee John Walsh and Collections Manager Connor as we discuss the film, its actors, creatures and legacy. Interspersed with exclusive clips taken from a previously unreleased commentary with Ray Harryhausen and Martine Beswick, this is a must listen for all fans of this prehistoric epic!
Episode Six - Vanessa Harryhausen
Join us for an exclusive interview with Ray Harryhausen’s daughter Foundation trustee, Vanessa Harryhausen!
In this fantastic interview, Vanessa discusses what life was like growing up with a special effects titan. Packed with anecdotes, this entertaining conversation provides a unique insight into the life and work of one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. With exclusive clips from a previously unreleased commentary for ‘The Valley and Gwangi’, recorded with Vanessa and Ray in 2012, this is a must listen for all Ray Harryhausen fans!
This special interview has been recorded to mark what would have been Ray’s 96th birthday. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more information on our #Harryhausen100 initiative!
Episode 7- Clash of the Titans 35th Anniversary Special
Join us for a celebration of one of Ray Harryhausen’s most beloved movies, Clash of the Titans!
2016 marks the movie’s 35th anniversary, and this extended podcast discusses the film’s creation and legacy. Clash of the Titans was to be Ray Harryhausen’s final film, as well as his biggest and most action packed project to date. Foundation trustee John Walsh and Collection Manager Connor Heaney explore the film’s impact in 1981 as well as its lasting legacy, with previously unreleased clips of Ray discussing the movie. Packed with anecdotes, personal recollections and revelations from Ray’s archive, this show is a must listen for all fans of Clash of the Titans, Ray Harryhausen and classic cinema.
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Episode 8- Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction
Foundation trustee John Walsh interviews Neil McConnon and Patrick Gyger from the Barbican Centre in London about their new Science Fiction exhibition planned for Summer 2017. Featuring models, objects and artwork from Ray Harryhausen’s science fiction movies, we discuss Ray’s place in the history of the genre.
Episode 9- Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction
Join us as we look back on our appearance at the Starburst Magazine International Film Festival, which took place in August 2016.
As well as recapping our ‘Ray Harryhausen- Lost Treasures’ event, we host a series of interviews from the festival, including ‘Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ star Caroline Munro, ‘One Million Years BC’’s Martine Beswick, Editor of Skwigly Magazine Steve Henderson, #Harryhausen100 competition winner Mike Tharme, and ‘Inside Number 9’ producer Adam Tandy. Finally, we host a fascinating discussion with the BFI’s Justin Johnson, a long standing friend of Ray’s and of the Foundation. Justin was the host of many of the weekend’s events, including our own Q&A session, and so it’s wonderful to hear his thoughts about the festival and his memories of Ray Harryhausen.
All of these great interviews are capped by clips of previously unheard commentary interviews with Ray Harryhausen alongside Caroline and Martine. A must listen for all fans of Ray Harryhausen, Starburst Magazine and classic cinema!
Episode 10- Cinestrange Festival
Episode 10 sees us reminisce on our time at the Cinestrange Festival in Braunschweig, Germany, where we celebrated the 60th anniversary of ‘Earth vs the Flying Saucers’ by presenting the European premiere of the colourized version of the film. Guest of honour at the event was legendary director John Landis, who was a close friend of Ray Harryhausen’s.
During our time in Germany, we were able to catch up with friends of the Foundation, old and new. We chatted to ‘Starcrash’ director Luigi Cozzi about Ray’s influence on his science fiction work, and spoke with German cinema expert Professor Rolf Giesen. We then chatted with actresses Caroline Munro and Martine Beswick, who were celebrated at the festival for their roles in classic Harryhausen, Hammer and James Bond movies.
We were then lucky enough to catch up with #Harryhausen100 logo competition Lars Seiffert, who gave us an insight into his logo design. ‘Commando’ and ‘Class of 1984′ director Mark L Lester then shared his Harryhausen memories with us. The episode is capped off with unique clips taken from the previously unreleased commentary for ‘Mighty Joe Young’ with the festival’s special guest, John Landis.
Bonus Episode- Forrest J Ackerman Centenary
November 24th 2016 marks the 100th birthday of sci-fi legend Forrest J Ackerman, founder of ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland’ magazine. Forry was also one of Ray Harryhausen’s oldest friends, the two having met in the late 1930′s after discovering a shared interest in ‘King Kong’.
We caught up with former ‘Famous Monsters’ editor David Weiner to discuss the friendship between Ray, Forry and Ray Bradbury. We also heard a clip of the three legends in discussion, taken from an interview which can be found on the ‘Ray Harryhausen- the early years collection’ DVD.
Enjoy our celebration of Forrest J Ackerman on his centenary!
Episode 11- Conservation and Restoration with Alan Friswell
Episode 11 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast sees us interview Alan Friswell, the Foundation’s official conservator, about the work he has carried out in maintaining Ray’s models for future generations.
Listen to Alan speak about how he ended up working with Ray, and the amazing models which he has restored over the years, including most recently the original latex model of ‘Gwangi!’
Stay tuned for an exclusive competition after Alan’s interview, and find out how to win one of 5 copies of the new, fully restored ‘One Million Years BC’ Blu-Ray from Studio Canal. We will be announcing the competition’s winners on December 30th to mark the film’s 50th anniversary, so be sure to get your answers in before then!
Episode 12- 2017 Preview Show
Join us for the first Ray Harryhausen podcast of 2017!
This action packed episode sees us look forward to an action packed year for Ray Harryhausen fans worldwide. The show contains:
- Fan memories for ’20 Million Miles to Earth’ and ‘Sinbad & The Eye of the Tiger’
- Discussion with official Foundation restorer, Alan Friswell, on his latest model repairs
- Extended interview with author Richard Holliss on his latest project- a poster book detailing the classic artwork used to promote Ray Harryhausen films worldwide; plus a call to arms for fan contributions!
- Exclusive clips of Ray Harryhausen discussing his films and techniques.
- Announcement of an exhibition of Ray’s science fiction creations at the Barbican this Summer.
Send images of your favourite or rare Ray Harryhausen posters to Posters@rayharryhausen.org.uk! And as always, send us your feedback and questions for future episodes.
Episode 13- Jason and the Argonauts- interview with John Cairney
‘Jason and the Argonauts’ actor John Cairney gives an in-depth interview on his memories of Ray Harryhausen, and of his part in this most beloved film.
Join us for Episode 13, where we chat with the legendary actor about what it was like to be a part of one of Ray’s classic movies. John reminisces about on-set incidents, what it was like to shoot the live-action sequences for the Dynamation processes, and his thoughts on the film more than 5 decades later. As an actor, writer, painter and raconteur, John’s interview makes for a fascinating listen!
Also- more new on the Ray Harryhausen poster book project, the announcement of a special video commemorating Ray’s Academy Award of 1992, and up-to-date news on the Foundation’s activities.
Episode 14- ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’: 40th Anniversary Special
Join us for a celebration of Ray Harryhausen’s third ‘Sinbad’ movie, as it reaches its 40th anniversary!
Foundation trustee John Walsh and Collections Manager Connor Heaney discuss the film and its legacy in depth. Previously unreleased commentary clips of Ray Harryhausen and Colin Arthur are included throughout the show, as they discuss behind the scenes memories from the film’s creation. Ray’s daughter, Vanessa Harryhausen, relates her memories of time spent on the set of the movie, and her feelings for it all these decades later.
We then go behind the scenes during a photography session for our new Ray Harryhausen Poster Book, due to be released by Titan Press in 2018. Foundation photographer Andy Johnson, ‘Master of the Majicks’ author Mike Hankin and poster collector Simon Greetham discuss the Harryhausen posters that mean the most to them, alongside their memories of ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
Episode 15- ’20 Million Miles to Earth’: 60th Anniversary Special
Join us for a celebration of Ray Harryhausen’s 1957 classic, ’20 Million Miles to Earth’. Our 15th episode sees Foundation trustee John Walsh and Collections Manager Connor Heaney discuss the adventures of the Ymir- one of Ray’s most beloved and sympathetic creations.
We then discuss the first exhibition of Ray Harryhausen material in the USA for several years, opening at the Science Museum Oklahoma from July through to December. We describe this incredible display with museum director Scott Henderson, alongside his own lifelong enthusiasm for Harryhausen films.
An exclusive interview follows, recorded on location at the Barbican Centre’s ‘Into the Unknown’ exhibition with Terry Marison. Terry was one of the suited Selenites in the 1964 classic ‘First Men in the Moon’, and discusses his experiences of being one of Ray Harryhausen’s living creatures!
In other news, The Ray Harryhausen Podcast has been nominated in this year’s People’s Choice Podcast Awards! Please register & vote for our show in the ‘TV & Film’ category through the following website: www.podcastawards.com/
Enjoy this action packed show!
Episode 16- The music of Ray Harryhausen Vol.1- The Early Years
Join us for an exploration of the wonderful film music of Ray Harryhausen!
The first of three episodes which will delve into the soundtracks and composers that helped to make Ray’s films so memorable, this edition explores the movie music of the 1940s and 1950s. From ‘Mighty Joe Young’ until ’20 Million Miles to Earth’, we discuss some of the talented artists and unsung heroes who created the soundtracks to the very earliest Harryhausen projects, alongside our favourite tracks from this era. This show is a must listen for all fans of classic science fiction, iconic creature features and dramatic film compositions!
Intro- ‘The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms: Main Title’ (David Buttolph, 1953)
Mighty Joe Young- ‘Joe and the Lion’ (Roy Webb, 1949)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms- ‘Extinguishing the Lighthouse’ (David Buttolph, 1953)
It Came from Beneath the Sea- ‘It Came From Beneath The Sea/Tentacle_It vs. Golden Gate Bridge/Mister Monster #2’- (Mischa Bakaleinikoff, 1955)
The Animal World- ‘Survival/The Ceratasaurus’ (Paul Sawtell, 1956)
Earth Vs the Flying Saucers- ‘Main Title’ (Mischa Bakaleinikoff, 1956)
20 Million Miles to Earth- ‘Birth of the Creature’ (Mischa Bakaleinikoff, 1957)
Mighty Joe Young- ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ (Roy Webb, 1949)
King Kong- ‘Original Main Title’ (Max Steiner, 1933)
Outro- 20 Million Miles to Earth- ‘Moon Mystery and End Title’ (Mischa Bakaleinikoff, 1957)
All of this wonderful music and more can be found on Monstrous Movie Music, a record label dedicated to preserving the soundtracks of these classic films. Check them out at www.mmmrecordings.com
Episode 17- Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury
A very special episode of the Ray Harryhausen podcast, as we explore the Ray’s lifelong friendship with legendary author Ray Bradbury.
Phil Nichols from The Centre for Ray Bradbury Studies joins us for an in depth discussion on a relationship which was to span 8 decades. After meeting in the mid-1930s, the two became best friends, and would speak on at least a monthly basis for the rest of their lives. We explore the circumstances that would lead both men to become legends within their own fields of interest, and the early influences which inspired them both to greatness. Both Rays left an incredible archive of their own, and so we examine the parallels between the collection of the Centre for Ray Bradbury Studies, and the Foundation’s own archive.
The show also contains a never-heard-before interview with Ray Bradbury’s daughter Susan, recorded at Ray Harryhausen’s memorial in 2013, where she shares her memories of ‘Uncle Ray’ and their enduring friendship.
For more information on the work of Phil Nichols and The Centre for Ray Bradbury Studies, head to bradburymedia.blogspot.co.uk
A must listen for all fans of the two Rays, science fiction literature and classic cinema!
Episode 18- The music of Ray Harryhausen Vol.2: Bernard Herrmann
Celebrate the legendary collaborations of Ray Harryhausen and Bernard Herrmann!
Episode 18 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast sees part two of our retrospective on the music of Harryhausen movies. We explore in depth the relationship between Ray and one of the most influential and important film composers of the 20th century, Bernard Herrmann. Four of Ray’s most beloved movies were scored by Herrmann- ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’, ‘The 3 Worlds of Gulliver’, Mysterious Island’ and ‘Jason and the Argonauts’. We discuss a selection of the most important pieces from each of these soundtracks, each taken from their original movie recordings.
We are then joined by special guest Guenther Koegebehn from the Bernard Herrmann society, for an in-depth discussion on the music of Hermmann, and a little more context on his wider life and works. We investigate the reasons why Herrmann did not eventually score ‘First Men in the Moon’, as originally planned, as well as exploring the ongoing work of the Herrmann society.
Finally, we recap news and plans from the Foundation for 2018, including our upcoming exhibition at Valence House, our article in Infinity Magazine, and news on the publication of our poster book.
Don’t miss it!
Episode 19- ‘The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad’ 60th Anniversary Special
Celebrate 60 years of ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’!
Join us as we mark the anniversary of one of the most influential and beloved fantasy films of all time. ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’ changed the face of special effects in cinema, and inspired a generation of directors, actors and artists.
Trustee John Walsh and Collections Manager Connor Heaney discuss the background and legacy of this incredible film, interspersed with the thoughts of Ray Harryhausen himself. We explore the move from black and white to colour, and the challenges this presented to Ray. Join our discussion of the film’s iconic creatures and cast, alongside the surviving models which remain in the Foundation’s collection to this day.
‘From the land beyond beyond’- enjoy our ‘7th Voyage’ podcast!
Episode 20- Summer Special 2018
The Summer of 2018 sees a number of exciting announcements from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. Join us for a special catch-up in Episode 20.
We start with news of the imminent publication of ‘Harryhausen- The Poster Books’. Catching up once more with author Richard Holliss, we discuss the creation of this unique exploration of poster art, and our upcoming poster book event on August 26th.
An exclusive interview follows, as Ray’s daughter Vanessa Harryhausen catches up with ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ star Caroline Munro on their 45 years of friendship. The two met on the set of Ray’s 1973 classic, and have been close friends ever since.
We preview our next few shows, including a glimpse into our next podcast special, celebrating the release of the full soundtrack for ‘The Valley of Gwangi’ through Intrada Records.
We also announce our upcoming appearance at Comic Con International in San Diego this July, and an exciting teaser regarding the largest exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s creations ever seen, lined up for his centenary in 2020.
Episode 21- San Diego Comic Con
We take a look back at the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation’s appearance at San Diego Comic Con 2018 in Episode 21 of our podcast.
Listen to audio from our talk ‘Ray Harryhausen- The Return of the Special Effects Godfather’, as well as interviews with some of the fans and collectors who attended this year’s convention.
Also, find out more about an exclusive screening of ‘First Men in the Moon’ at London’s Regent Street Cinema on September the 8th, and the chance to have your copy of ‘Harryhausen- The Movie Posters’ signed by author Richard Holliss.
We also announce a new book from the Foundation, which is due to be released in Autumn 2019, as well as rounding up news of our 2020 centenary celebrations, which will see the largest exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s work ever seen at the National Galleries in Edinburgh. We finish the episode with an exclusive preview of our interview with ‘The League of Gentlemen’ star Mark Gatiss.
Episode 22- Interview with Mark Gatiss
We were delighted to speak with esteemed actor, writer and director Mark Gatiss for Episode 22 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast. Star of ‘The League of Gentlemen’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’, Mark spoke about his memories of Ray’s films, and of their influence on him as he grew up in the 1970s. Listen in for a surprising connection between Ray Harryhausen and the League of Gentlemen!
We’d like to thank Mark for his time, and for sharing all of these wonderful memories.
We also discuss the Foundation’s latest publication project, entitled ‘Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’, as well as a catch up on the recent release of our poster book.
Episode 23- The Music Of Ray Harryhausen Vol.3: The 1960s
Our third retrospective on the film music of Ray Harryhausen sees us delve into the latter part of the 1960s. Containing some of the most diverse soundtracks of any period of Ray’s career, this eclectic selection of music covers a range of themes and genres.
Containing tracks from ‘First Men in the Moon’, ‘One Million Years B.C’ and ‘The Valley of Gwangi’, join us for a lively discussion on the scores to these classic Harryhausen films. Particular attention is paid to the full soundtrack for ‘Gwangi’, was was unleashed for the first time in 2018 by Intrada Records. The label was able to locate and restore elements from the original score, which had long thought to have been lost to history.
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