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Having an idea
Jules Engel Film-maker
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It's just that you have an idea. You, you simply just have an idea and you do it. So it isn't a question of coming back or not coming back. I have something over a year and a half, halfway in, halfway in and I'm having a problem of taking it up and... take it from the middle and finish the damn thing. Yeah. Because it's there but it's not finished. But some of these things are… are normal or an instinct, you know? And sometimes it comes a little later, sometimes it's there right away. But I had enough experience in the, in the medium, that timing was something that makes the film, for me, it makes the film.

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: animation, cinematography, filmmaker

Duration: 1 minute

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008