Re: searching for early experimental animation

From: Myron Ort (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Feb 02 2010 - 10:12:57 PST

Harry Smith? Lawrence Jordan?

On Feb 2, 2010, at 5:19 AM, Klaus W. Eisenlohr wrote:

> 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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> Klaus W. Eisenlohr, Osnabrücker Str. 25, D-10589 Berlin, Germany
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