The Hand of the Artist is a 1906 British short silent animated comedy film, directed by Walter R. Booth, featuring the director’s hand bringing to life photographic images of a young man and woman only for each sequence to end in them being crumpled up and discarded in the form of confetti. The film, which has been described as the first British animated film, survives as part of the Corrick Collection of the Corrick family entertainers who toured Australia and the world between 1901 and 1914. —wikipedia
Walter Robert Booth (12 July 1869–1938) was a British magician and early pioneer of British film working first for Robert W. Paul and then Charles Urban mostly on “trick” films, where he pioneered the use of hand-drawing techniques that lead to the first British animated film, “The Hand of the Artist” (1906).
Booth, the son of a porcelain painter, followed his father with an apprentiship at the Royal Worcester Porcelain factory in 1882, where he worked until 1890. He had been a keen amateur magician and subsequently he joined the magic company of John Nevil Maskelyne and David Devant at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London, where he is presumed to have first encountered filmmaker Robert W. Paul, who exhibited some of his earliest films there in 1896.
Booth went to work for Paul first devising and then later directing short trick films, beginning with “The Miser’s Doom” and “Upside Down; or, the Human Flies” (both 1899). Many of their early collaborations, such as “Hindoo… read more