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How I 'kidnapped' my own film


Making films after 'Carnival'
Jules Engel Film-maker
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Carnival was something I wanted to do all my life, I guess because of the gags, of funny, funny, silly cartoons. Then I started to do like what Bill just mentioned… no sound... that is like the first film and then after that, everything was rolling. Because there was animation which I knew, I can put them together quickly. Then when I got a job at Cal Arts and I have all the equipment. All I needed was a camera, you know? And I had everything here and that was easy. From then one, it was just easy. And I wanted to do those films. I think I've done about 30, maybe. Yeah. About 10 or 12 is what I generally use if I have a showing, you know?

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.

Listeners: Bill Moritz Tamara Tracz

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.

Tags: Cal Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Paris, Carnival, Siné

Duration: 56 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008