[DIGLIBNS] LC National Digital Library Program announces

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 08:33:20 -0700 (PDT)

>Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 07:29:36 -0700 (PDT)
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>Subject: [DIGLIBNS] LC National Digital Library Program announces release
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>The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program and the Motion
>Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division announce the release of
>"Origins of American Animation," available on the American Memory web
>site at :
>The twenty-one films and two fragments include examples of clay, puppet,
>and cut-out animation and span the years 1900 to 1921. The films are
>available as MPEG, Quicktime, and videostreaming versions. The films are
>accompanied by a piano score written by Philip Carli and notes written
>by Scott Simmon. They point to a connection between newspaper comic
>strips and early animated films, as represented by Keeping Up With the
>Joneses, Krazy Kat, and The Katzenjammer Kids. As well as showing the
>development of animation, these films also reveal the social attitudes
>of early twentieth-century America.
>The motion pictures used for the original videotape presentation were
>taken from 35mm and 16mm prints and transferred to D2 composite digital
>videotape. For this American Memory presentation, a BetaSp videotape
>copy was made from the D2 master, and the BetaSp copy was digitized.
>The motion pictures chosen for digitization were all black-and-white and
>silent. A piano score written and performed by Philip Carli has been
>added to these films and is not part of the original motion picture. The
>original motion pictures were shot with hand-cranked cameras at varying
>frame rates, generally at 22 frames per second (fps). In the video
>mastering process, the playback speeds were adjusted to present the
>appearance of natural motion to the greatest degree possible.
>Origins of Animation joins several other early motion picture
>collections available at the the American Memory site. These include,
>“Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of
>the Edison Companies” (341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings,
>and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine
>“Inside and American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works,1904” (21
>actuality films showing various views of Westinghouse
>“The Spanish-American War in Motion-Pictures” (53 motion pictures),
>“The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-american
>Exposition, 1901” (twenty-eight actuality motion pictures from the Paper
>Print Collection of the Library of Congress)
>“Variety Stage Motion Pictures” (61 motion pictures)
>“The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 (45 films)
>“Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San
>Francisco, 1897-1916” (26 films).
>For more information about these collections, contact Karen Lund at
Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley 94720-6000

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