Monday, January 30, 2012

Les restes, Alexandre Fatta, 2012

I might have mentioned before how much I appreciate it when animation finds me. Such is the case with today's piece, which is a just brand new short by French Canadian artist Alexandre Fatta.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Memoirs of Captain de Ronch, Líviusz Gyulai, 2007

Tired of awesome Hungarian animation without subtitles? Too bad, because here is More of That Sort of Thing.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Garabonciák (Magic) Dóra Keresztes and István Orosz, 1985

Oh hey look more Hungarian animation without subtitles. But it's totally sweet.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pauvre Pierrot, Charles-Emile Reynaud, 1892

Yes, you read that date correctly.

Charles-Emile Reynaud
presented this piece at his Théâtre Optique in 1892 - the first presentation of a projected moving picture show, using a modified version of his invention, the praxinoscope:

In 1888, (Reynaud) perfected a large scale projection version, that was similar in design to the projectors that would be used for cinema projection a few years later. Glass plates, individually painted by Reynaud himself, were mounted in leather bands. Each of the bands were connected by a metal strip with a hole through it which allowed it to locate on a pin on the rotating drum and align the image with the projecting lantern. By mounting the connected image strips on a pair of wheels similar to modern film reels, Reynaud was able to create a continuous series of moving images rather than restricting himself to 12 images, as had been the limit previously.

Here is a virtual reconstruction of Reynaud's device:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pojedynek, Waldemar Mordarski, 2002

Waldemar Mordarski made this when he was a student of Piotr Dumala.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Phil Mulloy, Cowboys, 1991

The audience is familiar with genres and clichés, and I take advantage of that fact. The viewers soon discover their position in the usual scheme of things, and become conscious of their role.

Six films. Three minutes each. NSFW.

1.Slim Pickins

2. That's Nothin'


4. The Conformist

5. High Noon

6. Outrage

Aatomik, Elbert Tuganov, 1970

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Hobbit, Gene Deitch, 1966

(William)Snyder managed to get a phone call through to Zdenka’s office. (Phoning to Prague in those days was like trying to contact Uranus.) He had a preposterous order for me: Make a one-reel version of THE HOBBIT, and bring it to New York within 30 days! I thought he had been smoking something wilder than his contraband Cuban cigars. Not possible!

Originally planned as a full length feature film with Jiri Trnka, this short was made in 30 days. Read the story on Gene Deitch's site.

In fact, you really must check out Gene Deitch Credits, so many great stories

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