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Welcome to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, the show dedicated to the life, career and films of a special effects titan!

The Ray Harryhausen Podcast The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Welcome to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, the show dedicated to the life, career and films of a special effects titan!

    Bonus Podcast- The Ray Harryhausen Awards 2024

    Bonus Podcast- The Ray Harryhausen Awards 2024

    'A life changing award’ - Guillermo Del Toro

    A special bonus episode of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, where we speak to some of the previous winners of our Ray Harryhausen Awards. Listen to Guillermo Del Toro, Phil Tippett and Mark Gustafson speak about how much their Harryhausen Award wins have meant to them. We speak with 'Best Student Film Animation' winner Kheyal Roy-Meighoo and 'Best Children's Film Animation' winner Kristian Harding on how the Harryhausen Awards are helping to maintain Ray's legacy for a new generation of filmmakers.

    The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation are delighted to open submissions for 2024 Harryhausen Awards, established in honour of the legendary master of stop-motion animation.

    We are now accepting submissions for animated films of all types within the following categories before the deadline of May 31st 2024.

    Best Feature Film Animation
    Best Short Film Animation
    Best Student Film Animation
    Best Children’s Film Animation
    Harryhausen Hall of Fame Award


    We look forward to seeing your films- please get in touch with any queries about The Ray Harryhausen Awards 2024!

    • 44 min
    Episode 45: Visit to Aardman Studios

    Episode 45: Visit to Aardman Studios

    Episode 45 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast details an exciting visit to the studios of Aardman Animations!

    Ray's daughter Vanessa Harryhausen and Collections Manager Connor Heaney chat with Aardman archivists Tom Vincent and Zoe Critchley about their important work in taking care of such legendary stop-motion creations. Aardman's founder Peter Lord also joins for a discussion on Ray's ongoing legacy, and the importance of keeping such valuable items for future generations to enjoy.

    Our episode is capped off with an update on the latest Star Ace Toys unboxing videos by author, filmmaker and trustee John Walsh. Watching his exclusive previews of each new model for a chance to win one of these incredible replicas.

    Enjoy this latest episode, packed with stop-motion magic from Harryhausen and Aardman! Check out a video version of this episode on our official YouTube channel:


    • 44 min
    Episode 44: The Ray Harryhausen Awards 2023

    Episode 44: The Ray Harryhausen Awards 2023

    The Ray Harryhausen Podcast is back with a look back at the winners of the Ray Harryhausen Awards 2023!

    Marking Ray's birthday on the 29th of June, the winners of this year's awards were announced at the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh. Collections Manager Connor Heaney hosted, as judges Vanessa Harryhausen, John Walsh and Steve Henderson announced our winners. We were delighted to share recorded messages from Pinocchio directors Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson, who kindly spoke about their love of Ray Harryhausen's creations.

    Stay tuned as John and Connor share updates on future Foundation events and screenings. Special thanks to Ben Page for filming the Awards event!

    Check out https://www.harryhausenawards.com for information on how to enter your film into our 2024 awards.

    • 39 min
    Episode 43: Clash of the Titans interview with Anthony Waye, Terry Madden & Keith Hamshere

    Episode 43: Clash of the Titans interview with Anthony Waye, Terry Madden & Keith Hamshere

    Are you a fan of Harryhausen classic 'Clash of the Titans'? Check out our exclusive interview with some of the crew responsible for making the film!

    We caught up with 'Clash' first assistant director Anthony Waye, second assistant director Terry Madden, and stills photographer Keith Hamshere. Hosted by Foundation trustee John Walsh , the three speak with Ray's daughter Vanessa, who was also present during the filming of this iconic movie.

    Don't miss this incredible behind-the-scenes insight into one of the most legendary fantasy films of all time! Watch the video version of this show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNG92_LhRKU

    • 58 min
    Episode 42: Interview with Hugh Cornwell

    Episode 42: Interview with Hugh Cornwell

    Episode 42 of our podcast sees an interview with legendary musician Hugh Cornwell!

    Former Stranglers vocalist Hugh visited the Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland last year. Whilst at the exhibit, he interviewed daughter & Foundation trustee Vanessa Harryhausen to discuss her memories of growing up around Ray's films and creations. Hugh also spoke to conservator Alan Friswell about working with Ray, and about the restoration work carried out on the creature collection. Collections Manager Connor Heaney also spoke to Hugh about his favourite Harryhausen memories and his thoughts on Ray's creation today.

    This interview originally featured on Hugh's own podcast, Mr Demille FM, which dedicated an entire episode to Ray Harryhausen! Check out the original show through the link below:


    Many thanks to Hugh for taking the time to speak with us, and for his enthusiasm for Ray Harryhausen's work! Look out for a video version of this show on our YouTube and Facebook pages.


    • 36 min
    Episode 41: Interview with Mark Wolf on 'Smoke and Mirrors- Special Visual Effects B.C’.

    Episode 41: Interview with Mark Wolf on 'Smoke and Mirrors- Special Visual Effects B.C’.

    Episode 41 of The Ray Harryhausen Podcast features an interview with author and special effects artist Mark Wolf, who discusses his new book ‘Smoke and Mirrors- Special Visual Effects B.C (Before Computers)’.

    Mark is a stop-motion animator who became a long time friend of Ray Harryhausen’s. Over the years, they discussed in detail some of the finer points of Ray’s techniques. His 2021 publication ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ delves deep into pre-CGI special effects techniques, in what is a must-read for fans of cinema everywhere.

    ‘Visit The Twilight Zone, journey to The Outer Limits, experience 2001: A Space Odyssey, and boldly go on a Star Trek! See how motion picture special effects were created "B.C."-Before Computers!’

    Listen to John Walsh and Connor Heaney’s chat with Mark, and find ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ from all good booksellers, including Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Smoke-Mirrors-Special-Effects-Computers/dp/162933653X

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Lola the Bruce ,

A fascinating insight into a legendary film career

I love listening to this podcast, which explores the life and films of Ray Harryhausen. The topics are always very interesting, covering some of the greatest movies of all time. The hosts Connor & John are knowledgable and captivating. It’s always brilliant to listen to interview recordings with Ray and the people he worked with. All in all, I recommend this podcast to film fans everywhere!

AngusL95 ,


My favourite podcast to listen to! Great way of keeping Harryhausen fans up to date with the latest news regarding the Foundation and information regarding Ray's life and career!

Thurgood Elson ,

A must for fans of Ray Harryhausen and classic cinema!

From a young age, I have been enthralled by the work of Ray Harryhausen. From 'Mighty Joe Young' to 'Clash of the Titans', this titan of cinema has provided me with countless hours of imagination and adventure. When I saw that there was now a monthly Ray Harryhausen podcast, I had to find out more!

This is a truly unique and entertaining podcast, covering the life, career and films of an undisputed legend of cinema. Hosted by the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, this monthly show is packed with fascinating anecdotes, interviews and analysis of Ray's classic films and legacy.

The show's hosts, Connor and John, have provided a variety of intreguing episodes to date, covering all aspects of Ray's career, from film anniversaries to unique interviews. The sound quality is fantastic; far better than most podcasts I've listened to- and the episodes are topped and tailed with music from the films covered in the episode. Most enjoyable to date have been the 35th anniversary celebration podcast for my favourite film, 'Clash of the Titans', as well as a lovely interview with Ray's daughter Vanessa. To top things off, the shows usually contain unique interview clips with Ray Harryhausen himself- to my knowledge, these commentary snippets have never been heard before, and so make this show vital listening to all fans of Ray Harryhausen.

I can't wait to hear what these guys have up their sleeves for the coming months and years. A must listen for all fans of Ray Harryhausen, or classic cinema in general!

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