Le cinéma épinglé Alexeïeff
Mark Mayerson · From fps #3 · May 1, 2005 | Of all the devices used to create animation, the pinscreen is unique. It consists of a base that holds tens of thousands of pins that can be raised or lowered individually. When the pinscreen has a light shining on it, the raised pins cast shadows. The more a pin is raised, the longer the shadow and so the darker the area of the screen. In a way, the pinscreen is a precursor to a bitmapped computer screen. Each pin is the equivalent of a pixel that can be set to a value between black and white.

Le cinéma épinglé Alexeïeff
Cinédoc Paris Films Coop, 2005
137 minutes

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Alexandre Alexeïeff (1901–1982) and Claire Parker (1906–1981) were the inventors and main practitioners of pinscreen animation. Alexeïeff was born in Russia but emigrated to France at the time of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Parker, his wife and collaborator, was an American. This DVD collects their films using the pinscreen, documentary footage explaining the techniques of the pinscreen, as well as stop-motion work for commercials.

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