Friday, 14 October 2016

CG Artist's Toolkit: Animation and Character - Lottie Reiniger and Don Hertzfeldt

Lottie Reiniger

Lottie Reiniger was a German film-maker born in 1899. She used silhouette puppetry to make shadow puppet productions. Lottie Reiniger created over 60 animated films between the 1910's and the 1970's with around 40 of them surviving until today. She often drew inspirations from European fairy tales such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. She also created 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed' which was her only feature-length work.

She fled Germany in the 1930's, settling in England with her husband, Carl Koch, they founded Primrose Productions and produced works for the BBC.

Don Hertzfeldt

Don Hertzfeldt is an Animator, he was born in 1976 and has created many animated films such as Rejected, World of Tomorrow and The meaning of Life. His animations mostly use stick figures drawn with traditional media and photographed to create the animation.

Billy's Balloon was one of four student films he created between 1995 and 1998 and tells the story of small children getting attacked by their balloons.

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