March 3rd, 2008

Le Paysagiste/Mindscape (1976)

An electronic buddy of mine just brought this beautiful animation to my attention: “Le Paysagiste” or “Mindscape” by Jacques Drouin.


I thought it was pencil drawn animation but in fact it’s a strange but fascinating technique called Pinscreen animation. This involves making impressions on a board of pins, similar to those pinboard toys (shown above. I had one – lots of fun!).

In the following interview the animator himself (whose latest film in this technique, Imprints, was released in 2004) explains and demonstrates how he animates. I don’t speak a word of french but I still found this video interesting, just to see the pinboard and the way it’s used:

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