The beginnings of animation: James Stuart Blackton

The beginnings of animation: James Stuart Blackton

Like This Video 0 19726 animacam
Added by 18 December, 2016


James Stuart Blackton (Sheffield, 1875 – Hollywood, 1945) was a director and producer of silent films. He founded the Vitagraph Studios and is considered the father of American animation. He began his professional career as an illustrator for the New York World newspaper. Blackton discovered the cinema when in 1896 he was sent to interview Thomas Edison in the public presentation of the Vitascope. In 1900 Blackton directs for Thomas Edison the silent film “The Enchanted Drawing”, which contains the first animated sequences in 35mm film.


In 1906 the Vitagraph patented a new technique to animate inert objects, the stop-motion, also denominated like passage of crank or American movement. Stop-motion seeks to create the sensation of movement by arranging a series of successive still images. It is a technique used very often in animation both in the origins and today, used to provide movement to physical objects.

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces is a silent film of James Stuart Blackton released in the year 1906, and perhaps his most outstanding work, in which is already used the technique of the crank step or stop-motion  by which animated drawings done On a blackboard captured using a film that moves at 20 frames per second.

Similar News

The film grandma’s HERO, by Ben Ozeri and Corentin Monnier, winner of the Audience Award, invited Animacam Festival, in FICVERIN 2018.

0 4734 0

Last Saturday, December 8, 2018, the closing ceremony of the International Festival Curtas de Verín III Edition, FICVERIN,, was held, in which ANIMACAM participated as a guest Festival.   The members of the organization of that Festival, have selected 

Animacam, guest festival for the FIC Verín 2018

0 4563 0

Animacam it has turned out to be a guest animation festival, for the International Short Film Festival of Verín 2018, (FIC VIA XIV) For that reason, the members of the organization of that Festival, have selected  the following 10

Interview with Miguelanxo Prado

0 4560 0

Dear friends, Today we present one of the reasons why we have honored Miguelanxo Prado in Animacam 2017: an interview in which the author talks about how he feels and feels what he speaks. Three-quarters of an hour of conversation


0 4278 0

  ART AND WINE WILL MEET TOMORROW SATURDAY 10 JUNE AT RIBEIRA SACRA FROM THE HAND OF PRIMITIVO LAREU AND MIGUELANXO PRADO     The Parallel Section of the International Online Animation Festival, Animacam, in its Sixth Edition 2017, which this

0 3383 0

Milen Vitanov is born 1978 in Prague and raised in Sofia, where he took his first steps into animation while he studied Design for Children Toys at the Art Academy. He spent many days and nights drawing on his first


0 3330 0

  PARALLEL SECTION ANIMACAM FESTIVAL MASTERCLASS “ANIMATION PRODUCTION IN EUROPE” UNIVERSITY OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Next week, from 2 to 6 April 2017, we will have the honour of having the visit of Milen Vitanov to Santiago de Compostela. The prestigious Bulgarian

Interview with Julien Dykmans

0 4266 0

Hello everyone! This edition of Animacam may already be over, but our love of animated films lasts 365 days a year. We had the opportunity to have a little chat with Animacam’s sixth edition Audience Award winner, Julien Dykmans, director

Animacam at MAC A Coruña (III)

0 3476 1

On Thursday 26, the two last sessions of this Animacam edition will take place at the Contemporary Art Museum MAC Gas Natural Fenosa in A Coruña. The programme for this day will mean the best end for this sixth edition

Animacam at MAC A Coruña (II)

0 3197 0

We continue with the programme we have prepared for this Animacam edition at the Contemporary Art Museum Gas Natural Fenosa in A Coruña. Three sessions will take place on Wednesday 25 from 6pm to 9pm. The films screened are really

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

No Comments Yet!

But You can be first one to write one

Only registered users can comment.