Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happy birthday Lotte Reiniger

Lotte Reiniger was the first pioneer of animated film. She did all the work with cutout paper silhouettes.

Born 2 June 1899 in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, she was a German film director and the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation. Reiniger made more than 40 films over her career, all using her invention. Her best known films are The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) – the oldest surviving feature-length animated film, preceding Walt Disney's feature-length Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) by over ten years – and Papageno (1935), featuring music by Mozart. Reiniger is also noted for devising a predecessor to the first multi-plane camera. (From Wikipedia article)

Google had a Google Doodle link to her today in honor of her 117th birthday and the great work she did all by hand. I really like what she did. Silhouette animation has a lot going for it. There plenty of her films on YouTube. Here is a documentary made about her back in the 50's I think.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bush Telly reboot!

I'm so happy because ....

Bush Telly is to resume programme production after a difficult year of earthquakes in Christchurch.

Bush Telly took a break so that members of the crew could sort their lives out and be part of the community efforts to recover.

The restart process is now underway, with all borrowed gear being recalled, crew members being contacted, and a meeting of Trustees to be arranged soon.

Some specialised equipment is currently being built for filming in the bush.

The first NZ natural history film projects will be quite modest but over time a full recovery is expected. Filming will begin in March next month in the lower South Island.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Inner Life of the Cell

I came across this stunning piece a few days ago. Best I have ever seen about molecular machines and cellular microbiology. Watch out for the motor protein and Lipid raft

Slower 8 minute version with narration and no music

Shorter 3 min version set to music

From Wikipedia

"The Inner Life of the Cell is an 8.5-minute 3D computer graphics animation illustrating the molecular mechanisms that occur when a white blood cell in the blood vessels of the human body is activated by inflammation. It shows how a white blood cell rolls along the inner surface of the capillary, flattens out, and squeezes through the cells of the capillary wall to the site of inflammation where it contributes to the immune reaction. ...

David Bolinsky, former lead medical illustrator at Yale, lead animator John Liebler, and Mike Astrachan are some of the creators at XVIVO who made the movie. They created the animation for Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. ... Most of the processes animated were the result of Alain Viel's, Ph.D. work describing the processes to the team. Alain Viel is an associate director of undergraduate research at Harvard University. The movie took 14 months to create for 8.5 minutes of animation. It was first seen by a wide audience at the 2006 SIGGRAPH conference in Boston."