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Shooting images in black and white


Having fun filming live action
Jules Engel Film-maker
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Oh, live action is fun. I mean, that's a, that's a piece of cake. Now, I'm not talking features, you know? I don't want to give the wrong impression. I stop at 12, 14, 15 minutes about a film, you know? Like the one Paul Jenkins film, Coaraze? I did about 14 live action films. They all get awards and stuff like that. But live action is… when you go to live action from animation, it's so beautiful because whaa! You don't have 150 drawings in front of you. Now you have to go with 150 drawings and put a dot here, you know what I mean? In other words, it's a lot of work. With live action, if you have a good camera, you know, or a good cameraman and you go out, either on your own or with him. All the films I made, I had somebody shooting, I didn't shoot any of that stuff on live action, no. I was in Paris had a guy do a score for me. It was horrible. Then I went to another one in Paris and he did a beautiful score… score for me.

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: Coaraze, Paris, Paul Jenkins

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008