The Old Man and the Sea

This amazing 1999, Academy Award winning animation is a must see. It is by Aleksandr Petrov and his son Dimitri over 2 years by making over 29,000 paintings on glass.

"Petrov used his fingertips in addition to various paintbrushes to paint on different glass sheets positioned on multiple levels, each covered with slow-drying oil paints. After photographing each frame painted on the glass sheets, which was four times larger than the usual A4-sized canvas, he had to slightly modify the painting for the next frame..." Read more

Think about it... each painting captured as a frame in a film... each painting lost as the next one is created. As Ian might say, "Wow! And I mean WOW!", or he might say, "Hey! This isn't key frame animation." note: Jane talked about this film in class last year and said we had to watch it. Go Jane!


Sam said...

OH MY HOLY SWEET MERCY. I just read the book last week, I had no idea that this film existed, let alone that it could be so perfectly executed.

I am in awe.

greybeard said...


And that, people, is what you gotta do to win an Oscar around here. (or Harvey Crumpet)

That reminds me, I have to get to the coast a couple of times before term starts!

Ian said...

WOW This is an awesome find Frank.

It gets a Highly covetted Ians Top Picks label

Kristi said...

This was not the first film that Petrov made in this way (oil on glass). His Academy Award nominee "The Cow" was in 1989.
That year, it was beaten by the utterly brilliant "Balance" (Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein) which was model animation - not so pretty, but an original simple idea taken all the way.