Oskar Fischinger

  • Oskar Fischinger – Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)

    1941-1950AnimationExperimentalOskar FischingerUSA

    This experimental film is a study of an abstract painting as it grows out of the mind and soul of the artist and filmmaker. Painstakingly hand-painted in a Impressionist pixel-point style over a period of 9 months (!), and equally laboriously stop-animated, Fischinger captures not only the wonderful decision-making process of the artist at work, but the “life” that the work itself takes on as it changes and grows. Use of color, patterns, and pacing compliment and clash with one another before the viewer’s eyes and lead one into an impossible world that seems none-the-less real, and all the more engaging for seeming to just be made of pure MAGIC!Read More »

  • Oskar Fischinger – Studie Nr. 7 AKA Study No. 7 (1931)

    1931-1940AnimationExperimentalGermanyOskar Fischinger

    Animated to the lively accompaniment of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, and created using thousands of handmade black & white charcoal drawings, Fischinger’s delightfully dynamic short film sees dozens of white shapes dance, glide, shoot, and pop across a stark black background, leaving us transfixed in their wake.Read More »

  • Oskar Fischinger – Studie Nr. 6 AKA Study No. 6 (1930)

    1921-1930AnimationExperimentalGermanyOskar Fischinger

    The first Studies were synchronized with records (Fischinger made a total of 13 Studies all without sound). It was only with the introduction of sound, beginning with Study No 6 that the films did full justice to this musical principle. The play of the white lines, the arcs, and the upside-down U’s running hither and thither like ballet dancers was brought into perfect synchronization with the music, and thus the films offered an abstract illustration of the melodies. Study No 6 is certainly the best of his films in terms of forms. – Hans Scheugl and Ernst Schmidt, Jr.Read More »

  • Oskar Fischinger – R-1 (Ein Formspiel) (1927)

    1921-1930ExperimentalGermanyOskar FischingerWeimar Republic cinema

    R-1 (Ein Formspiel)

    “The title R-1, EIN FORMSPIEL VON OSKAR FISCHINGER survives on two different films, one composed entirely of STAFFS … and one composed of small fragments of many different experiments – wax, model planets, atoms, etc. – including a great deal of STAFFS footage. For convenience, I will use the title R-1 to refer to this second, mixed film which appears to be a revised version of the first ….Read More »

  • Oskar Fischinger – Short animation collection (1931 – 1955)

    AnimationGermanyOskar FischingerShort Film

    Various quality, some mpg, some avi. Recommended if you like Len Lye.

    1930 Studie Nr. 6
    1931 Studie Nr. 7
    1931 Studie Nr. 9
    1933 Kreise
    1934 Muratti Greift Ein
    1935 Komposition in Blau
    1935 Muratti Privat
    1941 American March
    1943 Allegretto
    1947 Motion Painting
    1952 Muntz-Tvmercial
    1955 Oklahoma GaspanyRead More »

  • Oskar Fischinger – Oskar Fischinger: Ten Films (1926-1947)

    1921-19301931-19401941-1950AnimationExperimentalOskar FischingerUSA

    Spirals (1926)
    Study no. 6 (1930)
    Study no. 7 (1931)
    Kreise (1933)
    Allegretto (1936-43)
    Radio Dynamics (1942)
    Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)

    and 3 Early Films:

    Wax Experiments (1921-26)
    Spiritual Constructions (1927)
    Walking from Munich to Berlin (1927)

    Special Features
    * Never-released early experiments, animation drawings and tests
    * Home movies of Oskar, Elfriede and Hans Fischinger in the Berlin Studio, c. 1931
    * Biographical Photographs
    * A Selection of Paintings by Fischinger
    * Film notes by Fischinger and others
    * Biography
    * Preserved films, high definition digital transfers and digitally remastered audio

    Decades before computer graphics, before music videos, even before “Fantasia” (the 1940 version), there were the abstract animated films of Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967), master of “absolute” or nonobjective filmmaking. He was cinema’s Kandinsky, an animator who, beginning in the 1920’s in Germany, created exquisite “visual music” using geometric patterns and shapes choreographed tightly to classical music and jazz. (John Canemaker, New York Times)Read More »

  • Oskar Fischinger – Twelve Short Films by Oskar Fischinger (1924 – 1942)

    1921-1930AnimationExperimentalGermanyOskar FischingerWeimar Republic cinema

    Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967) embodied the modernist ideal of the maladaptive artist so well that a balanced evaluation of his work as filmmaker and painter depends on one’s ability to withhold automatic beatification based solely on his biography. Born and educated in Germany, exiled to Los Angeles when Hitler came to power and abstraction was decreed a “degenerate art,” Fischinger was an uncompromising abstractionist who throughout his life retained a dogged faith in the transcendental potential of pure geometry and color. Persecuted in Germany and condemned to grinding poverty after he settled in L.A., Fischinger’s devotion to the integrity of his art was exemplary.Read More »

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