Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema Exhibition

202126apr(apr 26)10:00 am20feb(feb 20)5:00 pmRay Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema Exhibition

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Film special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen helped elevate stop motion animation to an art. His innovative and inspiring films, from the 1950s onwards, changed the face of modern movie making forever. This is the largest and widest-ranging exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s work ever seen, with newly restored and previously unseen material from his incredible archive.

“This is not just special effects. This is art”
The Guardian

Ray Harryhausen’s work included the films Jason and the Argonauts, the Sinbad films of the 1950s and 1970s, One Million Years B.C. and Mighty Joe Young.  He inspired a generation of filmmakers such as Peter Jackson, Aardman Animations, Tim Burton, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, and his influence on blockbuster cinema can be felt to this day.

Titan of Cinema traces Harryhausen’s career as a special effects guru, whose only limits was his boundless imagination. Titan of Cinema shows his creative processes: from embryonic preparatory sketches, through to model making and bringing characters to life who went onto terrorise and delight audiences in equal measure on the cinema screen.

“A landmark exhibition”
Daily Record

At the heart of this incredible display are Harryhausen’s creatures. See truly memorable characters like Medusa, the Kraken, and Bubo the owl, as well as his iconic skeleton army from Jason and the Argonauts. See Harryhausen’s sketches and storyboards as well as original movie posters. Find out just how Dynamation works – the illusion of layering backgrounds and footage of real actors to show them interacting with models on film – which Harryhausen developed and used to incredible effect. And have a go at fighting the mighty Talos and deadly Harpies in our green screen set-up.

“Absolutely amazing exhibition”
BBC Radio Scotland

Book your tickets

Don’t miss our Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema Virtual Exhibition Experience, a carefully curated package which includes a series of films, never-seen-before interviews, exhibition footage, film clips and specially created animation sequences which demonstrate Harryhausen’s innovative processes. Book now.



April 26, 2021 10:00 am - February 20, 2022 5:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art