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Exceptionally Early (1906) Animated Title Sequence

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 18, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: MOTION GRAPHICS

The 1906 Vitagraph Company film "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces" produced and animated by J. Stuart Blackton also includes an exceptional animated title sequence, striking for both its complexity and early date. It is taken from a paper print preserved at the Library of Congress.




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A Lost History of the Groove System

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 28, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: MOTION GRAPHICS

Graphical Groove: Memorium for a Visual Music System by Laurie Spiegel

Once upon a time there was a computer music system called GROOVE (Generating Realtime Operations On Voltage-controlled Equipment, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey), which outputted in the realm of sound, and was a wonderful and still-unique tool for the composition thereof.... History Here






 
Commercials of the Past

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 9, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: MOTION GRAPHICS

The past has often been a source of material for artists looking for stuff to appropriate and transform in their work. While copyright laws generally frown on this kind of thing, the presence of large archives of downloadable material on-line only make this easier to do.




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The History of TV

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 20, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: MOTION GRAPHICS

Whenever I look at early video equipment, I get an amazing sense of just how arbitrary the whole technology is. The screen could just as easily have been circular, the TV a projection apparatus....