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Herb Klynn


The first animation film I ever made
Jules Engel Film-maker
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The first animation that I ever made?

[Q] Yeah.

Oh, that should be an easy one but it's not going to be very easy. The first one I made, I think I did it without sound. And that is one of those things, that was the easiest way of doing something but the sound would be a problem. So there was no sound in our first film. Although it was very interesting because Bill [William] Moritz, at that time, had a showing at the Chinese Theater, for whatever reason and of all the films I had, he picked that one, without the sound. Which I wasn't really happy about. But Bill is Bill, you know? So we ride with him.

[Q] Okay.

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: Tamara Tracz Bill Moritz

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

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.

Tags: Chinese Theatre, William Moritz

Duration: 43 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008