Life just got more difficult! The first results of our paint questionnaire

Until now we received 23 responses to our paint questionnaire. 23 might seem a disappointing number, but it actually is a big chunk of the total number of Dutch animators who have worked with cels, are still alive and have an email address. With thanks to the team of the Holland Animation Film Festival, who kindly send out our …

Buying and selling animation artwork a conversation with Hans Walther

Hans Walther is a  Dutch film maker and animation enthusiast. In the animation world he is known as the talk show host of the KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival. But Hans Walther is also one of the most important animation artwork collectors in the Netherlands. We talked with Hans Walther to learn more about the market …

Help, why did this paint get sticky? A questionnaire amongst animators

In the animation artwork collection of the EYE Film Museum, we regularly find cels with paint layers that were once sticky and are now stuck. In the stacks of animation artwork, these paint layers have glued themselves to other cels or adjacent papers. When you try to separate them, you run de risk of damaging …

Studying animation artwork preservation in the world of animation academia

The Society for Animation Studies (SAS) is a worldwide network of animation scholars. At the recent SAS conference at the University of Padua the importance of animation preservation was widely recognized: many scholars use animation films and archives for research in one form or another. In the presentations of historian Donald Crafton and preservation specialist Ron …

It’s MECANORMA!

An attentive reader recognised the brand of the previous post as MECANORMA™, a French brand known for their dry transfer lettering, but less known for their self-adhesive foils. And they made normatape® : a smooth uniform self adhesive line on a roll! It almost makes you regret we now have Adobe Illustrator.    

Different Collections, Similar Problems (I) The use of self-adhesive plastic foils in architectural designs in the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (NL)

Self-adhesive plastic foils, transparent sheets, tapes, markers. If a material is time-saving, inexpensive, easy to use, readily available and has a contemporary appeal, you can be assured it has been fully exploited by artists and designers.  During our condition survey of the animation artwork in the collection of the EYE Film Museum (material predominantly from the …

Exhibiting Artwork The Animation of René Laloux in Chateau d'Annecy

Being one of the very few museums solely dedicated to the art of animation film in the world, the Musée du Film d’Animation in Annecy is of international importance. Animation artwork usually plays an important role in its exhibitions and the museum can be seen as a showcase for current views on the presentation of animation artwork. During the Festival of …

Annecy 2017, focus on China The aesthetics of empty space, striking brush strokes and cuddly animals

This summer we visited the Annecy International Animated Film Festival to get ourselves up to speed on the latest trends in animated film in this year’s competition and to dive into the history of animation in wonderfully curated film programmes such as the programme on this year’s guest country China curated by Marie-Claire Kuo-Quiquemelle of the …

Preparations, preparations, preparations

At the moment we are in the middle of the logistics of the project: setting up cameras, organizing the boxes of artwork and deciding on work flows and work forms. We currently focus on the logistics of a large collection survey that will help us determine what is called a “collection anatomy”. Because the collection …