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New Computer to help Animators
Character animator Chris James, a Grierson Award nominee, chats to Anglia TV at the Cambridge Animation Festival in 1981.
News 1981 3 mins
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New York-born Animator Chris James, famous for the award-winning films ‘About Face’ and ‘After Beardsley’, is at the 1981 Cambridge Animation Festival, taking a look at the Quick Action Recorder (QAR), a new computer which has proven to be a great advance in the animation world.
American-born animator Chris James settled in England in the mid-60s. His film “About Face” was runner-up in the Grierson Award for Best Short Film of 1978 and was screened on the inaugural day of the launch of the television Channel 4 in November 1982. In 1981 he produced the film “After Beardsley” about the artist Aubrey Beardsley.
The Animator’s Art
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1969 8 mins Silent
A film by an early British pioneer of computer generated filmmaking.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 5 mins Location: Fulham
Iconic images by photo-pioneer Eadweard Muybridge come to life in this striking video collage.
The Pecking Order
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1989 0 mins
A beautifully painted animated critique of modern intensive farming methods
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1989 28 mins
A feminist collage/essay film that takes a critical look at certain feminist theories.
Green Men, Yellow Woman
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1973 4 mins
Even Clark Gable doesn’t live up to his image in this off-beat cartoon about a woman fed up with the attentions of little green men
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1971 6 mins
Do not adjust your set! This off-beat jukebox cartoon is definitely more freaky than footbally
Bumping Race (Cambridge May Races)
Non-Fiction 1900 0 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
University teams navigate a bend on the river Cam in no ordinary rowing race.
School programme and Educational film 1964 11 mins Location: Cambridge
First catch your wriggly pig! Pig rearing from birth to market, and the sale of pedigree pigs overseas. A classroom film by Hugh Brandon-Cox.
News 1981 6 mins Location: Cambridge
Disabled graduate Peter Thweeney simply wants the opportunity to be economically independent, and has ambitions to become a lawyer.
Stephen Hawking on Black Holes
News 1979 5 mins Location: Cambridge
How factually accurate is the 1979 American sci-fi movie 'The Black Hole'? Physicist Professor Stephen Hawking sheds light on the matter.
Disabled Boy Invents Speech Machine
News 1973 5 mins Location: Cambridge
Anglia TV report on the young disabled entrepreneur that has invented the Lightwriter, a communication device that won a British Design Award
Town and Gown
Documentary 1937 17 mins Location: Oxford
Focusing on each town’s university colleges, main streets, gardens, statues and memorials with a narration of the history of the buildings, notable scholars, and traditions.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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