Welcome to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, the show dedicated to the life, career and films of a special effects titan!
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
Episode 40: Interview With CJ Ramone
Episode 40 of our podcast sees a very special interview with former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone!
CJ chats to Foundation collections manager Connor Heaney about his love of Ray Harryhausen's films, and shares memories of his favourite Harryhausen creatures. He also discusses his friendship with actress and Foundation advisor Caroline Munro, to whom he dedicated the track 'Girlfriend in a Graveyard' on his 2017 album 'American Beauty'.
Also, hear more about the Ray Harryhausen Awards, as we approach our new deadline of April 30th.
We'd like to thank CJ for taking the time to talk with us, and for his enthusiasm for Ray Harryhausen's movies and creations! Find CJ Ramone's solo albums on the Fat Wreck Chords label: https://fatwreck.com/collections/cj-ramone
Episode 39- Interview With Chris Achilleos
Foundation trustee John Walsh caught up with illustrator, painter and conceptual artist Chris Achilleos.
Best known for his poster artwork and book covers for Doctor Who, Heavy Metal, Willow, Star Trek and more, Chris was also a friend of Ray Harryhausen's. He discusses the times that his career dovetailed with Ray's, and his experiences of creating poster art for 'Clash of the Titans' and unmade project 'People of the Mist'.
We were saddened to hear of Chris Achilleos' passing in December 2021. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. See more of Chris' incredible artwork on his website:
Chris Achilleos 1947-2021
Episode 38- The Ray Harryhausen Awards
Join us as we unveil further information on the inaugural Ray Harryhausen Awards! Hosts John Walsh and Connor Heaney are joined by special guest & friend of the Foundation Dr Steve Henderson- Director of the Manchester Animation Festival and co-owner/editor of Skwigly Animation Magazine. Steve joined us to discuss the announcement of the Harryhausen Awards, and the importance of awards programmes in recognising and encouraging talent within the animation industry.
The Harryhausen awards have been established in honour of the legendary master of stop-motion animation. The first awards will be held on June 29th, 2022. Find out more at
Find out more about Steve Henderson's work at the Manchester Animation Festival and Skwigly Animation Magazine below:
Episode 37- Clash of the Titans 40th Anniversary Special
Clash of the Titans was unleashed in the UK on July 2nd 1981! Join us for a 40th anniversary celebration. Trustee John Walsh and collections manager Connor Heaney delve into Ray Harryhausen's archive to showcase every creature from this classic film, with a deep dive into each of Ray's legendary creations. Enjoy hearing the backstories of Bubo the Owl, Medusa, the Kraken and many more!
This is a must listen for all fans of 'Clash of the Titans'- don't miss it!
Episode 36- Harryhausen: The Lost Movies Poll
The results of our 'Harryhausen Lost Movies' poll are in!
Join us for Episode 36, as John Walsh & Connor Heaney count through the top ten unmade Ray Harryhausen projects, as voted upon by fans worldwide. To help us in exploring these lost treasures, we are joined by Ray's daughter Vanessa, alongside Richard Holliss, Mark Wolf, Gregory Kulon, Mike Hankin, Marshall Julius, Graham Humphreys, Jonathan Webb, Ron Fogleman and Mark Mawston. Each contributor has a unique connection to Ray's work, and share their own top three lost Harryhausen films.
Also, listen in for the winners of our competition, as five lucky voters will receive a copy signed by John, alongside an exclusive art card.
Enjoy our podcast, and let us know your thoughts on the final poll! Check out the Vodcast version of this show on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lIPitDGm5k
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!
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!
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!