The words "great" and "legendary" get thrown around a lot these days. But they are totally justified when describing special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen who died today on London at age 92.
Using stop-motion animation, Harryhausen brought the fantastic to film screens – imagery that was impossible to create in any other way. George Lucas used Harryhausen's techniques to bring to life the immense AT/AT and Luke's Tauntaun in "The Empire Strikes Back". Lucas once said that no other fantasy films had "the same kind of awe" as Harryhausen's movies.
Here's a video synpsis of his work:
Rest in peace, Ray. Thanks for your awesome vision.