Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Animating Without a Narrative

Cartoon-blogging, essay 14 of 21 blog entries on
250 great animated short films

Pixillation (1970), directed by Lillian Schwartz.

The fourteenth essay, “Animating Without a Narrative,” is published in full at Press Play at IndieWire.  Written by guest blogger Scott Bussey, this is an unusually personal essay on the abstract animated short films of Adam Beckett and Lillian Schwartz.

Adam Beckett was an animator and visual effects artist who attended the California Institute of the Arts during the 1970s, where he learned from and studied alongside important members of the LA experimental animation scene. Lillian Schwartz is a pioneer in the field of computer art who worked out of Bell Labs during the 1970s, then going on to develop tools for computer-aided analysis of art, particularly finding inspiration in the work of Leonardo Da Vinci. Each of these relatively unknown animators is represented by one work on the “250 Great Animated Short Films” list: Heavy-Light (1973) for Beckett and Pixillation (1970) for Schwartz.

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This series of 21 essays is inspired by a list of 250 great animated short films, composed in August 2012 by Scott Bussey, Jorge Didaco, Waldemar Hepstein, Bill Kamberger, Robert Reynolds, Sulo Vatanen, and Lee Price, with additional assistance from participants on the IMDb Classic Film message board.

© 2012 Lee Price

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