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Brain Lapse

Beautiful and hypnotizing. I’ve watched it 3 times already.

Brain Lapse by Jake Fried 2014.
Hand-drawn animation with ink, white-out, coffee and collage.
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The Golem

After watching “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (an unbelievable masterpiece from so long ago that it seems out of this world) I got interested in the man who was half the inspiration for it ( a man named Paul Wegener) and found one of his films on youtube. It is called “Der Golem” and if I am not mistaken, it is one of the first horror films ever!

Don’t kid yourselves into thinking this movie is anything close to scary today. It’s actually a bit difficult to watch at some points because we (I can’t be the only one) are accustomed to a much faster pace in films. And more variety in camera angles. Life was not as hectic back then (this is a 1915 film) as it is now, so their films ought to be slower. But still, it has a very eerie feeling to it and I always feel like I’m time-traveling when I watch movies from so long ago. Plus the direction is remarkable so it was a good experience.

The camera reminds me of an old man’s memory. It’s actually the way I used to picture the world whenever my grandparents told me stories from their past. A little dim, a little unfamiliar. A little black and white (because I always thought that such a different world ought to have different colours, so those as well are toned down a bit in my brain). Movie makers seem to agree with me, since they always use such tricks to show us footage from the past.

P.S I don’t know about you, but I have this strange habit: whenever I watch an old film I end up wondering about how many of those people are probably dead by the time I watch it. In this one, they are all dead. Without a shred of doubt. Which makes me feel weird and makes the film seem more wondrous. Because today, cinema has an actual history, with lots of people who used to create awesome films, and who are now dead and remembered by their work. And that is awesome. And gets me always. Bye!

Today's animation

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

This is a clip from the oldest surviving animated feature film. Made in Germany in 1926 by a woman named Lotte Reiniger who always loved Chinese shadow puppetry and after attending a lecture from Paul Wegener about animation and it’s possibilities, she decided to combine those two techniques.

It is the result of three years worth of work and the collaboration of several famous animators of that time. Of course most of the work was done by Lotte Reiniger herself, which is a wonder if you think that it each figure was made from hard paper and 24 frames were needed per second. That’s a whole lot of tiny pieces of paper, moving over a well lit screen.

So here is a small part of that wonderus film. It’s things like that, that restore my faith in humanity. The fact that one of the very first feature-length animated films ever made was made by a woman didn’t hurt either.