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Sony Movie Channel Pays Tribute To The Legendary Filmmaker Ray Harryhausen In A Special Afternoon Marathon, Saturday, May 11

Sony Movie Channel Pays Tribute To The Legendary Filmmaker Ray Harryhausen In
                A Special Afternoon Marathon, Saturday, May 11

Movies Comprise the Marathon

Also, the Documentary is Available on Sony Movie Channel's VOD Platform All
Month Long

PR Newswire

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 8, 2013

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --To pay tribute to the
legendary Ray Harryhausen's remarkable achievements, Sony Movie Channel has
revised its schedule to include a special TV marathon, on Saturday, May 11,
highlighting the filmmaker's career. Harryhausen, who died yesterday at the
age of 92, is renowned for his special effects innovations and as the inventor
of stop motion animation.

On Saturday, May 11, Sony Movie Channel will be airing the definitive Ray
Harryhausen documentary, RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN, at 12:45 p.m.
ET/9:45 a.m. PT. Following the documentary, Harryhausen fans will enjoy
watching three SINBAD-focused films featuring Harryhausen's special effects
animation from Sony Pictures Entertainment's library – THE 7^TH VOYAGE OF
SINBAD (airs at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT); THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (airs
at 4:10 p.m. ET/1:10 PM PT) and SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (airs at 6:10
p.m. ET/3:10 p.m. PT).

Additionally, SMC is recognizing Harryhausen's award-winning career online,
presenting an interactive web experience that features Harryhausen's signature
creatures, as well as specially produced content honoring him and his
impressive body of work. That web experience can be found at For those who are SMC subscribers, they will be able
to watch the documentary online through May 31 by accessing that same web

Last month, Sony Movie Channel premiered the RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS
TITAN documentary on television for the first time in the U.S. The
documentary, produced in 2011 by Frenetic Arts, in Paris, marks the first time
that the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation has provided unprecedented
access to all aspects of his award-winning career, spanning his early days in
Hollywood, to his 90^th birthday celebration.

RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN was filmed over a 10-year period and
features interviews and tributes from an illustrious list of acclaimed
filmmakers who were inspired by his work. Directed by Gilles Penso, the
documentary includes interviews with longtime admirers and Harryhausen fans
that have been involved in some of the film industry's biggest blockbuster

With 16 movies to his credit, Harryhausen is known for pioneering numerous new
techniques during his acclaimed filmmaking career. Not only was he a leader in
armatured models and miniatures, but he also created a new type of stop-motion
split-screen animation, known as "Dynamation." His special effects budget for
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1952) called for a more practical way of model
interaction and, as such, Harryhausen developed a simple but effective method
involving split-screens and a projector – hence, "Dynamation" was born.

In addition to innovating new filming practices, Harryhausen is credited with
creating the physical looks and movements of dinosaurs, alien figures and
creatures in motion pictures. Many producers and directors today still base
their prehistoric creatures and beasts, as well as alien objects like flying
saucers and visitors from other planets, on Harryhausen's characters, models
and drawings. His influence in genre filmmaking is still very prevalent today
– over five decades later.

Sony Movie Channel is on Channel 563 on DIRECTV; Channel 386 on DISH and
Channel 1791 on AT&T U-Verse.

About Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel is the first U.S. multi-platform television network from
Sony Pictures Television created specifically for theHollywoodmovie
fan.Offering uncut and theatrical releases in stunning high definition, Sony
Movie Channel showcases titles from Sony Pictures' vast library including
award-winning features, cult favorites, family comedies and gripping dramas.
Programming is selected from more than 3,500 Sony Pictures films, which
collectively have received 184 Academy Awards including 12 for Best Picture.
Sony Movie Channel is available on DISH Network, DIRECTV and AT&T U-Verse TV
on linear as well as on authenticated VOD and online platforms. For more
information, visit, Facebook and/or Twitter @SonyMovieCh.

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