Meet Ray Harryhausen and have your animation short screened at the Barbican
Ray Harryhausen is one of the most innovative and successful animators in the history of cinema, responsible for such movie milestones as Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, and One Million Years BC. Everyone from Peter Jackson to Tim Burton to Steven Spielberg calls him a major influence on their work.
To celebrate publication of his latest book, Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook, Don’t Panic has teamed up with publishers Aurum Press and Barbican Film to offer three talented animators the chance to meet Ray at his home and have their stop-motion animation short shown at a glittering Ray Harryhausen night at the Barbican next spring. The event will include a panel of leading animators discussing Ray’s incredible contribution to cinema and a screening of the Ray Harryhausen classic Jason and the Argonauts.
Winners will also receive an hour-long consultation with the animation tutors at the National School of Film and Television, a year’s Barbican Yellow Membership, including 20% off all films for two and signed editions of Ray’s previous Aurum Press-published books (Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook, The Art of Ray Harryhausen, A Century of Model Animation).
Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook by Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton is a unique portrait of a great filmmaker’s creative and technical development. Brimming with amazing photographs of fascinating never-before-seen artefacts - many of which were only recently discovered in a long-forgotten LA garage - it features models from unfinished projects, early prototypes of famous monsters, prints from outtakes of various hit movies, concept drawings, storyboards, behind-the-scenes shots, film treatments, posters and much more.
The beautifully produced hardback book spans nearly seventy years, from when the 13-year-old Ray began making marionettes of creatures from King Kong, to 2002, when the 82-year-old master completed The Tortoise and the Hare.
Available now online and at all good bookshops, RRP £30.
Don’t Panic special offer! Buy your copy for just £15.50. Call 01903 828 503 quoting the offer code PANIC and the title.
Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook is published by Aurum Press
Ray Harryhausen is perhaps best known for creating weird and wonderful monsters and creatures. Your task is to create a winning storyboard on the theme of monsters for a stop motion animation short that, when shot, would last between 30 seconds and 3 minutes
- Three winners will be selected. They will meet Ray Harryhausen at his home in London, and go on to make their storyboards into real animations. These will then be screened in front of leading animators, Ray’s co-writer Tony Dalton, and members of the public at a one-off Ray Harryhausen event at the Barbican in 2012
- To enter download one of three storyboard template options from here. You can choose between 6, 9 and 12 frames. You can illustrate your frames however you choose, either by hand or digitally. Once you’re done, simply upload your entry as a JPG or PNG file using the upload function above. Click on the box that says 'Submit Your Entry'
- Please resize your image to at least 1500px width at 72dpi, and if using Photoshop, use 'Save For Web & Devices' to save the image for optimal viewing in our gallery
- Your file should not exceed 1.2mb
- The image you upload as your entry will be visible on the gallery below where people will vote for their favourites. Please see About Judging below for more info
- Be as creative as you wish on the theme of monsters – feel free to twist it however you choose
- The competition and voting both open at 9am on November 29th 2011 and will close at midnight on February 18th 2012
- The ten entries with the most votes from other people on the site will go through to a shortlist along with up to two wild card entries chosen by our judging panel
- The judging panel will chose three winners from the shortlist.
- The judging panel is: Robert Rider, Head of Cinema at the Barbican, Helen Nabarro, Head of Animation Directing at the National Film and Television School, Jodie Mullish, Head of Marketing at Aurum Press, Tony Dalton, co-writer of Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook and curator of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation
- Entries will be judged on creativity, artistic talent, storytelling and feasibility
All three winners will:
- Meet Ray at his London home
- Receive a tutorial session from tutors in the animation department of the National Film and Television School
- Have their finished shorts screened at at a Ray Harryhausen event at the Barbican, and receive a pair of free tickets to the event
- Be profiled along with their shorts shown on the Barbican and Don’t Panic websites
- Win a year’s free Yellow Membership at the Barbican, including 20% off all films and 30% off entry to the Barbican Art Gallery for you and 1 guest
- Win signed copies of Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook, The Art of Ray Harryhausen, A Century of Model Animation
- If your entry is chosen as the winner you will need to create and film your animation
Terms and conditions
- The prize does not cover transport to Ray’s London home, the Barbican or the National Film and Television School. However, the tutorial with the National Film and Television School could potentially take place by phone or Skype
- By entering this competition, all entrants grant Aurum Press and the Barbican the unrestricted permission to use their submitted artwork and reproductions of these worldwide
- Entrants also commit to making their storyboard into an animation, should they win
- Entries that do not follow the design brief will not be considered but may be deleted
- Entries can only be submitted via dontpaniconline.com
- All entries will be moderated and any containing any offensive imagery will be removed