Rare O'Brien Photos and More
- Tuesday, 02 November 2010 20:28
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 20:42
- Written by Marc Spess
What was it like working on a stop motion production in the 1930's? These rare photos give us some insight.
Rakshasa who regularly collects old production photos uploaded many pictures of some of the major pioneers of stop motion on the Monster Kid Classic Horror Forums. Willis O'Brien is one of the subjects, as well as one we saw with Ray Harryhausen standing on stage. What can we learn from the pictures?
For one, I find it interesting that almost all of the crew look to be over 40 years old. Nowadays just find some behind the scenes footage or pictures from something like Robot Chicken, Wallace and Gromit, the latest Laika feature Coraline or others and you notice the artists barely seem older than 30. It's usually the producers and directors who are over the hill. This could explain the lack of fart jokes in King Kong :)
It would be easy to try and get into a lot of detail over the pictures here, but it's already been talked about on the forums they were posted on. Plus if you are interested in the build-up puppet making techniques you can read our recent post about the Lone Animators videos on the process here.
written by Vincent Tetreault, November 02, 2010