Catalog in is series a of visual effects created on a mechanical analogue computer he built from a WWII anti-aircraft gun sight. It demonstrates a number of optical effects, such as multiple exposure, slit-scan, kaleidoscopic mirroring, as well as careful frame by frame editing. The split screen techniques were the inspiration for the Star Gate sequence created by special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. —roboshow.info
John Whitney, Sr. (April 8, 1917 – September 22, 1995) was an American animator, composer and inventor, widely considered to be one of the fathers of computer animation.
Whitney was born in Pasadena, California and attended Pomona College. His first works in film were 8 mm movies of a lunar eclipse which he made using a home-made telescope. In 1937-38 he spent a year in Paris, studying twelve-tone composition under Rene Leibowitz. In 1939 he returned to America and began to collaborate with his brother James on a series of abstract films. Their work, Five Film Exercises (1940-45) was awarded a prize for sound at the First International Experimental Film Competition in Belgium in 1949. In 1948 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
During the 1950s Whitney used his mechanical animation techniques to create sequences for television programs and commercials. In 1952 he directed engineering films on guided missile projects. One of his most famous works from this period was… read more