June 2, 2016
Lotte Reiniger’s 117th birthday
Lotte Reininger created visually stunning and fantastical films using black cardboard, scissors, and boundless imagination. Pre-dating Walt Disney by nearly a decade, Reiniger pioneered a style of animation that relied on thousands of photos of paper cut-out silhouettes arranged to tell a story. It was a painstaking process that involved moving paper characters ever so slightly and snapping a photo of each movement.
Nearly a century later, Reiniger continues to inspire animators and artists, including doodler Olivia Huynh who built almost everything, from the puppets to the top down camera rig. On what would have been her 117th birthday, we celebrate Reiniger’s limitless creativity and pioneering spirit.
Animation: Olivia Huynh, Original music: Silas Hite (http://www.silashite.com/), Producer: My-Linh Le
Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of today’s doodle.