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Having an idea


Working without a storyboard
Jules Engel Film-maker
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I start with one image and then that moves. In other words, the one image is enough for me, that I know where I'm going. Because other people would do a storyboard. But hell, I don't need the storyboard, you know? I just... I have an idea, start with an image, I just move right through the whole film, from beginning to end and there's no edit, no nothing. But don't forget, I've had a number of years in… on… working on animated films. So when you get to me, I had a certain amount of background, it wasn't anything. Except the first one... this one film, you know, the funny film with the character? I always wanted to do a Siné film and it's funny.

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: Siné, Maurice Sinet

Duration: 58 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008