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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 Read MoreRead More

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 Read MoreRead More

Walt Disney, a Visionary Who Was Crazy Like a Mouse

How Walt Disney tossed the corporate playbook in order to dream big. Here is something that might surprise you: Walt Disney, that icon of American ingenuity, was in financial straits through most of his career. You probably thought he would have been a business genius — a model for others to study. But Disney was Read MoreRead More

Harold Lloyd: The Silent Era’s Underdog

Harold Lloyd was a master at playing the plucky underdog trying to win The Job and The Girl—both onscreen and off. Posterity may have proclaimed Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton the greater artists by a narrow margin. But amongst comedians of the silent era, no one more purely identified the American spirit for contemporary audiences Read MoreRead More

The Origins of Auteur Theory | A Filmmaker IQ Lesson!!!

Auteur – it’s a favorite term of cinephiles around the world. But what exactly is Auteur Theory? In this Filmmaker IQ course we peel back pages of time and explore the origins of Auteur Theory from the economically tumultuous adolescence of French Cinema to the culture war waged in the columns of competing American movie Read MoreRead More

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