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Famous Animators

Their historical context and legacies
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Owain Milford

on 30 September 2016

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Famous Animators
Objectives
What is Animation?
The technique of creating the illusion of movement by displaying a series of pictures, or frames in rapid succession.
Jan Svankmajer
Jan Svankmajer is a surrealist Czech animator who created animations in the 1960s. He lived and worked Czechoslovakia which at the time was a communist country. Due to strict censorship laws his work was occasionaly banned alongside recieving little exposure in the West due to the Cold War. Svankmajer is one of the most influential animators who created works of art that tackled complex concepts and situations.
Willis H O'Brien
Creator of many early Hollywood films that used stop motion models, O'Brien was key in bringing animation and special effects to Hollywood. His 1933 masterpiece, King Kong, heralded the dawn of big special effects in Hollywood movies. Willis O’Brien’s use of stop-motion animation, which would dominate sci-fi and horror for the next fifty years, influenced a great many future filmmakers, most notably, Ray Harryhausen and Tim Burton.
John Lasserter
Head honcho at Pixar studios, Lasserter was incremental in bringing 3D animation to the forefront of cinema. Because of his contributions computer animated films are now a standard for children's films internationally.
Give examples of key animators.
Discover the work key animators.
Examine the legacy and historical context of key animators.
Hayou Miyazaki
Hayou Miyazaki, founder of Studio Ghibli, is incremental in bringing manga style anime films to the attention of Western audiences. Regarded as Japan's own Walt Disney, Miyazaki is also important for creating mainstream animated films that appeal to adults as much as they do younger audiences.
Among the great figures in animated film, Lotte Reiniger stands alone. No one else has taken a specific animation technique and made it so utterly her own. To date she has no rivals, and for all practical purposes the history of silhouette animation begins and ends with Reiniger.
Lotte Reiniger
Over the last twenty years Nick Park and Aardman Animations have become synonymous with 3-D stop-motion animation in the UK, successfully straddling advertising, music videos, TV series, Internet animations, Academy Award winning shorts and big budget feature films.
Nick Park
When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic - Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.
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