Working closely with the NGS and with The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, we were allowed to 3D scan Ray’s original models from the 1963 film, Jason and the Argonauts.
Our team, led by Creative Director Kev McCrae, carefully researched and referenced the original stop motion sequences. The models were then rigged and animated. Using clippings from the film as reference, the team were then able to animate new, bespoke looping sequences of each of the individual characters and give them the stop-frame look they once had.
We created a Greek mythological scene, including Mount Olympus and the Pantheon, to house Harryhausen’s fantastical creatures that we brought to life. The visitors to the exhibition are projected into this World, which allows them to come face-to-face with their favourite characters.
We worked with Smartify to create an augmented reality animation whereby one of the skeletons from ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ would appear in front of you, in any location.
We also produced a short teaser animation of the skeleton coming up through the ground, before slashing at the screen and revealing the details of the exhibition.
We paid homage to Harryhausen’s sketches by creating a short animation that visualised a fight scene between his creatures. The film was projected onto canvas’ that sit on top of a table, where visitors could observe from different angles. The animation was all completely drawn by hand, with references to each of the characters individual traits with the films (‘Jason and the Argonauts‘ and ‘Clash of the Titans‘). The characters are: Dioskilos, a two-headed wolf beast, a Martian (designed for ‘War of the Worlds‘, which never made it to screen unfortunately), Bubo, the golden owl, and the Skeletons.