Call for Proposals A Future for the Past, Preserving our Animation Heritage

The call for proposals has officially closed. We do still accept proposals in the following categories: (1) conservation and restoration and (2) techniques, materials and materiality. As part of an ongoing effort to preserve and promote animation heritage Materials in Motion will hold its second meeting in Manchester, UK for a two day event at …

Towards an International Council on Animation Archives

In 2017 Steve Henderson completed a PhD research into animation archiving. His research looked into the creation of a system of archive management for animation materials and British children’s television animation, at Loughborough University, UK. One of his observations was that the important actors working with animation artwork collections do not talk to each other …

Setting a shared agenda Expert Meeting in Eye Collection Centre

Throughout our research project we experienced a lot of enthusiasm and willingness to share ideas and experiences about animation artwork preservation. Now, after we consulted many different experts and visited several archives, we are looking forward to bring some of these experts and representatives of these archives together in a joint meeting at Eye. The …

Animation Artwork Collections Questionnaire Let us know about the items in your collection

    Do you have animation artwork in your collection? Then we would like to know about it! Questionnaire If you have animation artwork in your collection, please let us know and fill in this short questionnaire It will take you no more than five minutes. We will communicate our findings to all of you …

Paint questionnaire: the results

Today we closed our questionnaire in which we asked Dutch animators about their experiences with paint on cels during and shortly after the production of the film. We received a total of 24 responses of which 18 had actually worked with cels and gave us some very insightful answers. 18 respondents is not enough to …

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 sent 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 the 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 …