Re: searching for early experimental animation

From: Marcos Ortega (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Feb 02 2010 - 06:46:59 PST

   Hi, Klaus

   It sounds like Harry Smith's 'Heaven and Earth magic':


   Marcos Quoting "Klaus W. Eisenlohr" <email suppressed>:

> Dear Frameworkers,
> Long term I have not been an active member here, sorry. I started a
> class "photography as time based art", where I like to go back to some
> animation techniques as well as story telling with images like in "La
> Jetee", with the goal of inspiring hybrid media productions. Now I am
> looking for some good examples of simple animation techniques, that is
> experimental and not as much narrative based as most animation films.
> And here is my specific question:
> I am having a movie in mind that I saw in Chicago, unfortunately I do
> not remember with whom and to which occasion, but it was definitively
> not a pure animation program. I remember the filmmaker being American
> and that it was a very early avantgarde film, 50s or earlier, made with
> paper cut-outs, black n white, with white figures on black background,
> very weird, very joyful and sarkastic, some of the figures were skulls,
> skeletons, but also drawings from 19th century. The whole thing was so
> crude in its humour that I disliked it when first seeing, but it
> somehow really stuck in my head. Some of the movements are similar to
> very late Kenneth Anger movies (where Saturn, and other gods float
> around in emtpy black space. The empty black space being another
> marker). But it uses a lot more movements and querky splits and
> metamorphosis.
> Does that ring any bell with you? I might also mix up some of the
> memories, not totally sure. I was searching in several places, and I am
> just clueless how to find that material again. If you would have any
> idea, I would be really glad.
> Thank you,
> Klaus
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   Best regards,

Marcos Ortega

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