Back in 2004 I had the pleasure of meeting Ray Harryhausen. He was on a promotional tour for his book An Animated Life and I was lucky enough to know some of the people associated with the event. He spoke for a bit then took audience questions. I watched as he signed copies of his book and graciously answered everyone’s questions. As the room was emptying I was able to talk with Ray for about 15 minutes. I asked if he was enjoying his retirement, did he ever miss animating, what he thought of modern films. I told him about how his work had inspired me to attempt my own animations. He jokingly said he probably saved me from becoming a delinquent. I guess he didn’t see FILTH in my future. This image may be blurry and the lighting suspect but when I look at it I think, that’s me shaking the hand of the man responsible for all those amazing images.