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The history of the animation cel

Stained glass windows, gun cotton, incendiaries and Celluloid By Brian Clark of Film Sales Ltd. The West window of the Church of the House of Prayer, Newark, New Jersey bears a spiritual likeness and Latin inscription dedicated to the Reverend Hannibal Goodwin. The motivation for this stained glass dedication was not so much related to… Read More »

The history of the animation cel – Page 2

At this level triacetate has shown itself to be in with more than a good chance. Film Sales’ search for an animation-copy-suitable triacetate cel concentrated on a formulation that provided the highest softening point to withstand that temperature, and one whose production ensures the absolute minimum of residual solvent. Removal of casting solvent could never… Read More »

The animation cel story

Brian Clark of Film Sales Ltd directs our attention to a basic material many of us take for granted. Animators are only too familiar with cel even if, in common with learned reference books, some know it as cell. It is an interesting reflection on this raw material that whilst the animation industry has grown,… Read More »

Micro-computer rostrum control

Thoughts on micro-computer rostrum control and still being able to afford to eat. Introduced by Mike Joyce. To some people, making animation films is about rough scribbles turning into polished drawings full of movement and life. But to me this is only part of the fun. I am lust as excited by the whole process… Read More »

Micro-computer rostrum control – Page 2

There are a number of features of computer control which are extremely beneficial for the rostrum cameraman. Firstly the enormous amount of time saved by getting the computer to do the number crunching. This is what computers do best. The speed of calculation is quite dazzling. Take a typical diagonal pan and zoom shot of… Read More »

D.I .Y. Rostrum – Part Three

The Filmcraft 80 Rostrum is suitable for 8mm cameras and light 16mm cameras. In the final part David Jefferson describes the construction of a glass platen. The platen glass holds the artwork and cels flat for filming. If it is to accommodate various thicknesses of artwork, a simple hinge system would not work because thick… Read More »

D.I.Y. Rostrum Part Two

The Filmcraft 80 Rostrum is suitable for 8mm cameras and light 16mm cameras. In issue 14 we described how to build the main framework. David Jefferson continues with the base. As mentioned in part one of this article, the methods given are the ones I used. They are only intended as a guide and you… Read More »

D.I.Y Rostrum

The Filmcraft 80 Rostrum is suitable for 8mm cameras and light 16mm cameras. David Jefferson tells you how you can build your own version of it. When I designed the Filmcraft 80 Rostrum in 1979 I had three basic criteria apart from the obvious one of it doing the job well. 1: It had to… Read More »