Ray Harryhausen Armature Kit
RAY HARRYHAUSEN AND ANIMATIONTOOLKIT PARTNER TO LAUNCH ARMACREATURE - A PROFESSIONAL ARMATURE MAKING KIT
An exclusive deal has been struck between Animationtoolkit.com and Ray Harryhausen and The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation to bring a high quality steel joints armature making kit into the animation marketplace.
Branded as ‘Armacreature’, the kit features over 100 stainless steel parts that can be used by animation professionals, students and enthusiasts to enable them to build and create characters and creatures from scratch.
The kit was the brainchild of BAFTA nominated Westley Wood, owner of animationtoolkit, who adapted and shaped the components over several years, before partnering with Ray (known to many as the grand master of stop-motion animation) and the Foundation to launch ‘Armacreature’.
Talking excitedly about Armacreature, Manchester (UK) based Westley said:
“To partner with animation legend Ray Harryhausen and bring Armacreature into the hands of animation lovers across the globe; is an absolute honour. Ray and I hope that those who buy Armacreature have hours of enjoyment and that our kits helps them to realise their dreams and capture their imaginations on film”.
Ray commented, “Throughout my career I had to design and sometimes built with the help of my father, all my own armatures. This kit is of superb quality and I would have gladly used it if it had been available”.
Ray Harryhausen has made many films and has developed the art of stop-motion animation and special effects through his career. His credits include, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Clash of the Titans (1981). Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Peter Lord and Nick Park all refer to Ray as an inspiration and regard him as one of the true legends of the art.
In 1986 Ray and his wife Diana established the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. It is a charitable trust with the aim of protecting Ray’s name and body of work as well as archiving, preserving and restoring Ray’s extensive collection. Westley and animationtoolkit.com are keen to help the foundation continue their work.
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American born Ray, made his name by developing fantastic stories and creatures based on legends and mythology and creating a unique genre of fantasy films during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, that took the movie making world and the public by storm.
Animationtoolkit.com and Westley Wood
Thirty-two year old Westley studied Animation and Illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University and after graduating in 2001 he launched his career with UK based puppet makers MacKinnon and Saunders. He quickly moved on to take up the prestigious role as development producer for Cosgrove Hall Films, before opening up animationtoolkit.com.
He soon realised that there was a gap in the market for an armature kit that could serve the needs of those working in or experimenting in the world of animation; so set about creating one.