The filmmaker/cultural anthropologist Harry Smith was producing some truly innovative and amazing animations in the late 1940's and 1950's, most of which transcend similar attempts by today's modern filmmakers attempts at such imagery. It's amazing to think what he accomplished with the rudimentary technology he had at hand. I've yet to see a computer graphic that I feel was able to tap into the aesthetics and general 'feel' embodied in his compositions. Much of his filmwork is based on geometric patterns with a fairly kaleidoscopic movement. Anyone with even a passing interest in this kind of experimental filmwork really should see his stuff if they have not already. Well worth your time to seek it out. In fact, being an avid fan of his work, I have made dozens of tapes for people off the copies of his films that I have. If you felt you were truly interested in checking it out, I'd be glad to arrange getting you a copy as well (keeping in mind that this would be a VHS tape, as opposed to DVD. Drop me an e-mail if you'd like.
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