John Whitney
1917 – 1995

John Whitney, Sr. was one of the most important innovators in computer filmmaking. After making Five Film Excercises with his brother James, he repurposed WWII anti-aircraft technology into an analog computer that could be used to compose complex animation. An early version of this machine was used by Whitney to create Lissajous spirals in Saul Bass’s title sequence to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). Later versions were used to help animate James’s Lapis (1963-1966), as well as John’s Catalog (1961). Whitney …

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Catalog (1961)