The Fascinating History of Animation

Long before Pixar and today’s CGI special effects extravaganzas, early animators of the silent era experimented and introduced new techniques into filmmaking. Mark Quigley gives us a tour of the silent animation collection at UCLA’s Film & Television Archive – one of the few places in the world that captures this rich history of early animation.


What Philip K. Dick thought of “Blade Runner”

Although Philip K. Dick saw only the opening 20 minutes of footage prior to his death on March 2, 1982, he was extremely impressed, and has been quoted by Paul Sammon as saying, “It was my own interior world. They caught it perfectly.” However neither Ridley Scott nor screenwriter David Webb Peoples actually read Dick’s novel.

Blade Runner

Watch this 1907 Edwin S. Porter film The “Teddy” Bears -Which Includes a Very Early Example of Stop Motion Animation

On a hunting trip in 1902, then President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot an American Black Bear that had been tied to a tree. The story became the origin of the Teddy Bear. Here only 5 years after the event, Edwin S. Porter, one of Edison’s chief filmmakers, created a short playing on Goldilocks as well as the President himself. Also included is perhaps the oldest example of stop motion animation – a sequence lasting a little over a minute that took a full week to shoot.

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