Hot off the Press! Cristina Formenti’s new book is the first book to provide an historical insight into the animated documentary.
The publishing wesbite goes on to say: ” Drawing on archival research and textual analysis, it shows how this form, usually believed to be strictly contemporaneous, instead took shape in the 1940s. Cristina Formenti integrates a theoretical and a historical approach in order to shed new light on the animated documentary as a form as well as on the work of renowned studios such as The Walt Disney Studios, Halas & Batchelor, National Film Board of Canada and never before addressed ones, such as Corona Cinematografica. She also highlights the differences and the similarities existing among the animated documentaries created between the 1940s and the mid-1980s and those produced today so as to demonstrate how the latter do not represent a complete otherness in respect to the former, but rather an evolution.”
and the ebook version of The Classical Animated Documentary and Its Contemporary Evolution (Bloomsbury 2022) has now been included in Bloomsbury Collections. So if your library has access to Bloomsbury Collections, you can find it there as well!
AnimatedDocumentary.com are looking forward to getting our hands on a copy!
The latest book about factual animation comes from Dr Nea Ehrlich, and a quick glance at the contents page shows notably distinct areas of animated documentary that have seen less coverage, for example an entire section of the book is dedicated to other forms of animated documentary within games and VR, whilst other chapters explore in depth the definition of mixed realities. We cannot wait to get reading, the book is available to buy at Edinburgh University Press or you can access the book via ‘open access’ via this link:
About the book: Confronting shifts in the status and aesthetics of the real, *Animating Truth *analyses how contemporary technoculture has transformed the relationship of animation to documentary by mapping out two parallel trends: the increased use of animation within documentary or non-fiction contexts, and the increasingly pervasive use of non-photorealistic animation within digital media. As the virtual becomes another aspect of our contemporary mixed reality (physical and virtual), the book aims to understand how this visual paradigm shift influences viewers, both ethically and politically, and questions the wider ramifications of this transformation in non-fiction aesthetics.
Up coming talk by academic and fellow blogger Bella Honess Roe – one not to miss!
‘Animated Interjections: The use of animation in documentary’
Monday 28th January
In her forthcoming book Animated Documentary (Palgrave, 2013), Bella Honess Roe examines the convergence of animation and documentary and how animation functions as a representational strategy in nonfiction film and television. In this talk she will discuss the use of brief animated sections in otherwise live-action documentary, addressing the purpose of such animated interjections.
Bella Honess Roe gained her PhD in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2009. Her PhD thesis, entitled Animating Documentary, is on the epistemological and phenomenological implications of the convergence of animation and documentary. She also holds an MA in Critical Studies from USC and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Between her BA and MA Bella spent six years working in the film industry in Los Angeles and London, including roles in the development departments at Lakeshore Entertainment (Los Angeles), MGM (Los Angeles), and Granada Film (London). Subsequently, she tutored writers and script editors on screenwriting workshops in Italy, Australia and
New Zealand. More recently, she worked with the non-profit London- based DocHouse, an organisation devoted to the promotion and exhibition of independent UK and international documentary film.
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Friend of the blog Annegret Richter (Head of Animation at DOK Leipzig festival in Germany) has recommended this book ‘Women in Animation’ written and produced by Waltraud Grausgruber and Birgitt Wagner who run the Tricky Women Animation Festival in Vienna, Austria. Within it there’s much information and a bonus DVD, including some animadoc films.