The late Hungarian-American film-maker Jules Engel is best known for his contribution to the field of animation. His work includes the dance sequences in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and the creation of 'Mr Magoo'. His films and lithographs are housed in museums all over the world and have won many awards.
I met him in the army, in the airforce. Because he was not involved with the army but he was involved because he had to come to Los Angeles and be part of that aspect where they would be doing the graphics for the airforce. And so the interesting thing with Herb was that he came from, I think Chicago or one of those places. And he always had a hat on, a very elegant hat. And it was out of character with the rest of California. But he turned out to be a big asset, big talent.
William Moritz received his doctorate from USC and pursues parallel careers as filmmaker and writer. His forty-four experimental and animation films have been screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among others. He published widely on Oskar Fischinger, James Whitney, Bruce Conner, the Fleischers and 200 pages of animation history for an AbsolutVodka website. He wrote chapters for the "Oxford History of Cinema", appeared in several television documentaries, curated art exhibits and received a lifetime achievement trophy from the Netherlands Royal Academy for his work with visual music. He has served on film festival juries and received an American Film Institute filmmaking grant. His poetry and plays are also performed and published. He is a leading expert of Oskar Fischinger and recently published a biography of him. He teaches at The California Institute of the Arts.
Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.