A Whirlwind Celebration of the Art of Animation

PBS' Off Book series talks to animators and motion graphics creators about the past and present of this magical medium. 

This episode of PBS' Off Book series talks to animators and motion graphics creators about the past and present of this magical medium. New York University Professor and filmmaker John Canemaker presents a very brief history of animation and Jesse Thomas, founder of the creative agency JESS3, talks about how motion graphics have thrived on the Internet. Julia Pott, a Brooklyn-based animator, describes her intensely personal creative process and how she brings her experiences to life through "awkward" animal protagonists. Check out some of the animated works referenced in the documentary below. The short was produced by Kornhaber Brown for PBS.

Winsor McKay's Gertie brought a dinosaur to life in 1914.

JESS3 uses motion graphics to explain complex topics for a web audience in shorts like this guide to cloud computing.

Julia Pott's latest short Belly features her signature pencil-drawn animals in a fabulously weird and wonderful story.  

For more videos from PBS Off Book, visit the YouTube channel. 

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