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Hollywood mourns visual effects guru

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LOS ANGELES — Directors, actors and animation fans of all stripes saluted Ray Harryhausen on Tuesday as news of the visual effects pioneer’s death reached Hollywood. Harryhausen, the stop-motion animator of such classics as 1955’s “It Came From Outer Space,” 1958’s “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” 1963’s “Jason and the Argonauts” and 1981’s “Clash of the Titans,” created Dynamation — a technique that allowed models to be integrated into live-action films. His work inspired many who are driving the special-effects laden filmmaking that dominates in Hollywood today.

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