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Introducing Phantasistoscope: Our New Sister Site Devoted to Filmic Collage

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Art of RetroCollage takes great pleasure in announcing the opening of our sister website, Phantasistoscope.

Phantasistoscope is a website devoted to the beauty of the moving image, that rapidly unrolling collage of kinetic visual impressions. Phantasistoscope takes its inspiration from optical illusions, early explorations of moving images, and the optical inventions that arose from them: the phenakistoscope, zoetrope, praxinoscope, phantasmagoria, thaumatrope, mutoscope, flip book, kinetoscope, and cinematograph. Phantasistoscope aims to recapture that time of magic movement and bring it forward to the present day, by presenting some of the best animated and other short films of the early period, and serving as a showcase for new creative animation and shorts.

(All artwork & descriptions created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

Currently, Phantasistoscope features the following short films:

  • Heavenly Bodies (1920): An imaginative and unintentionally surrealist presentation of astrophysics, with many novel stop-motion and live-action sequences
  • Gumbasia (1955): An abstract extravaganza of color, form, and movement; the debut film of Art Clokey, the famous master claymation animator & creator of Gumby
  • Gertie the Dinosaur (1914): A dinosaur comes to life in over 10,000 drawings made on a bet
  • Kinograms Newsreel (1924): Back-to-back silent newsreel sequences about the newly-inaugurated President Calvin Coolidge and volunteer park-building in California

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Sukhmandir Kaur June 21, 2011, 8:57 pm

Imagine the magic of the first moving pictures. We have certainly come a long way!

Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 1:06 am

Yes … They were sometimes so magical that, at the very beginning, they occasionally created public alarm: For example, in Paris, the early movie by the Brothers Lumière of the locomotive arriving at a station seemed so realistic that it panicked its audience, who stampeded out of the theater to avoid being crushed by the oncoming train!

And though we’ve come a long way since then, sometimes the same very simple things about motion pictures affect us the most: the things that add to their realism or their fantasy. Thanks for visiting us and for your comment.

Catch My Words June 21, 2011, 9:11 pm

Interesting drawing. I’m looking forward to another Wordless Wednesday tomorrow. Thanks for the linky.


Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 12:56 am

Thanks very much for your visit and comment, Joyce. The drawing is actually a digital collage, a “Retro-Collage” made of scans from old engraved illustrations combined and colorized in Photoshop. Have a great WW!

Tarasview LINKY June 21, 2011, 9:40 pm

sounds very interesting!

Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 12:53 am

Thanks, I hope you enjoy the site.

Meryl June 21, 2011, 10:21 pm

This looks really awesome! I just blogged (last week) about the growing importance of visual literacy, and this looks like its right up that alley. I will check it all out once I post this. I also hope you come to my blog. Go to the post on visual literacy and leave a link as I think my followers would love to see it!


Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 12:52 am

Thanks, Meryl, I’m looking forward to visiting your blog. Visual literacy has been a longtime favorite subject of mine. And thanks very much for visiting us!

Lisa @ My Thoughts w/Linky June 21, 2011, 11:40 pm

Very cool

Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 12:48 am

Thanks! Happy WW

Daddy Forever June 22, 2011, 1:44 am

I was over there earlier!

Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 8:28 am

Thanks for visiting us! Have a happy WW.

stevebethere June 22, 2011, 7:10 am

You have a great imagination 🙂

Have a great WW!

Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 8:29 am

Thanks for your compliment and your visit — have a great WW too!

Sharon @ Spotting Fakes June 22, 2011, 8:44 am

Nice artwork Eric

Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 1:57 pm

Thanks very much, Sharon. And thanks for visiting our site.

Julie June 22, 2011, 1:02 pm

Happy WW – Image looks cool.

Eric Edelman June 22, 2011, 1:46 pm

Thanks for your visit and your compliment, Julie! A good WW to you as well.

vita June 26, 2011, 8:11 pm

its good technology wrth

Eric Edelman June 27, 2011, 2:49 am

Thanks very much for your visit and your comment!

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