Oskar Fischinger
1900 – 1967

Oskar Fischinger was taken to a private rehearsal screening of Walter Ruttmann’s Opus I at a Frankfurt theater at the beginning of April 1921. Fischinger was so impressed by Opus I that he decided to try his hand at abstract filmmaking. He did not wish, however, merely to copy Ruttmann’s style. True to his nature as a tinkerer, Fischinger quickly developed a wax-cutting machine that allowed him to animate thin cross sections of wax on a frame-by-frame basis, a process …

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