Old Time Film by Barbara Tetenbaum

Old-Time Film An animated short film on DVD created by Barbara Tetenbaum and Marilyn Zornado in 2011. Made by animating letterpress printing on paper, scanned and synced using Premier. Music: "Wild Bill Jones", traditional tune performed by the Macrae Sisters. Letterpress-printed animation ("Vander-mation") was developed by the collaborative team of Marilyn Zornado and Barbara Tetenbaum to create their animated short “Old-Time Film”. Hand-set type, printer's ornaments, antique engravings and bell wire were moved in increments of points and picas to create each frame, printed on various papers.  In Old-Time Film, copper engravings of shoes tap their toes, a zinc-metal sheep jumps an enclosure of printer’s ornaments, type moves or morphs from roman to italic as phrases from the song lyrics are played out, and the quality of ink on paper creates a richness that delights even the most experienced of animators. The project, which took nearly a year and many reams of paper to print, was supported in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland, OR). To understand more fully the processes involved in making this film, there is a “Behind the Scenes” track and an original print ‘still’ from the film included with the DVD.

Artist Bio

Barbara Tetenbaum has been creating limited edition artist books under the imprint Triangular Press since 1979. She is Professor and Department Head of Book Arts at Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, Oregon. She recently spent a year-long sabbatical in Leipzig, Germany, conducting research, studying and teaching in the book arts. She exhibits her bookwork and text-based installations across the US and in Europe where her work is held in many public collections. BS (Fine Art) University of Wisconsin-Madison;  MFA (Printmaking) School of the Art Institute of Chicago