I got interested in stop-motion animation as a result of King Kong. Ray Harryhausen’s films, two: 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts. They’re all stop-motion. We move the figure one frame at a time, and my camera didn’t have a “one frame” button. I could only just squeeze the trigger and squirt off two or three frames before I had to move the puppet, and then another two or three frames, so very, very jerky animation, since it was very imprecise. But anyway, this was all sort of fueling me. I wanted for a long time to be Ray Harryhausen’s assistant when I grew up, and help him do stop-motion animation. Didn’t think about directing films at this point in time. I just wanted to do special effects.