Pinscreen Animation

Mute the sound, because it’s not the actual soundtrack of the film 🙂

Pinscreen animation was invented by Alexandre Alexeieff in the 1920s – 1930s. The first pinscreen animation was done by Alexeiff and Parker. The Pinscreen is basically a board with many tiny pins which when pushed, creates depressions and cause shadows. As different amount of light is reflected from the pinscreen, we see an image.

The animation process is a tedious stop-motion technique where tools are used to push the pins (in a way, drawing with them) to create each frame of animation.

In the next post I will show what has been done by Jacques Drouin, the only person in the world who followed Alexeiff and used this technique for his films.


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