Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Animating history at the NFB

Pat Dillon-Moore, genius publicist at the National Film Board, sent over a DVD of a new NFB documentary on Canada in the 1930s, "The Dark Years." (It will be on History Television around Christmas.)

The filmmakers had a nice idea here. Director Steven Silver says they worried about "archive fatigue": yet another doc scraped together from all the same black-and-white stills. So they animated it instead: a film history of the 1930s where they got to draw their own pictures (and slotted in some of those stills when they wanted to). You can take a look at clips from their site.
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