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Al Jarnow - Celestial Navigations: The Short Films Of Al Jarnow flac album

Al Jarnow - Celestial Navigations: The Short Films Of Al Jarnow flac album Performer: Al Jarnow
Title: Celestial Navigations: The Short Films Of Al Jarnow
Released: 2010
MP3 album: 1252 mb
FLAC album: 1185 mb
Rating: 4.8
Genre: Records

Additional DVD options. Coupling time-lapse, stop motion, and cell animation with simple objects found in every day life, Jarnow deconstructed the world for an entire generation. Numero's first DVD has been restored from the original 16mm prints, features remastered sound, a 30 minute documentary, and a 60 page book.

Jarnow, 62, is a Brooklyn-born painter, sculptor and filmmaker who now lives in Northport, . and is an expert in the design of children’s museums. He made his first animated film, The Owl & the Pussycat, in 1968 at the request of a friend. I guess I virtually reinvented the medium, he said, since I knew nothing about it. But it whet my appetite. Both films and many others that Mr. Jarnow made over a 30-year affiliation with Sesame Street and other children’s shows are part of a new DVD, Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow, which will be shown twice on Friday at 92Y TriBeCa, with a question-and-answer session with Mr. Jarnow after the first screening. For Mr. Jarnow, who has continued to make experimental films, some of which are also on the DVD - others are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art - it is a chance not only to be recognized, but also to get a response.

The films are now collected in Celestial Navigations: Short Films of Al Jarnow - an absolute gem restored from the original 16mm prints, featuring remastered sound, a 30-minute documentary about Jarnow’s work, and a beautiful 60-page book. Cosmic Clock compresses a billion years of time into two delightfully vintage animated minutes. Architecture was one of Jarnow’s most elaborate and labor-intensive shoots - which makes this photo of the set getting destroyed upon completion all the more mischievously delightful. In Tondo, Jarnow places rectangles on grids made of meticulously measured horizon lines, then moves the camera or leaves each rectangle still for a near-impossible to achieve 3D effect.

The 45 films collected have been transferred and color corrected from the original 16mm prints, along with fully remastered sound. Special features include a 30-minute documentary on Jarnow’s creative process, as well as film playlists designed for both children and adults alike. The deluxe package includes a 60-page book loaded to the gills with essays, ephemera, storyboards, photos, and a complete film index, all housed in the iconic Numero slipcase.

Last week, Jason Kottke reminded me of how much I love the vintage short films of painter, educator, museum designer, and software developer Al Jarnow. Between the 1970s and the 1990s, Jarnow created short segments for PBS's 3-2-1 Contact series, Sesame Street, and various other children's television programs, using stop-motion, timelapse, cell animation, and other experimental at the time techniques to bring everyday objects to life and illustrate scientific concepts by blending education and entertainment.

As a celluloid carrying member of New York's avant-grade film scene


1 The Owl & The Pussycat 1:50
2 Scratching & Painting On Film 2:25
3 Yak 1:05
4 Tondo 2:10
5 Four Quadrant Exercise 3:25
6 Rotating Cubic Grid 2:00
7 Autosong 8:55
8 Digging To China 1:00
9 Map Projections 1:00
10 Perspectives 1:00
11 Shorelines 3:35
12 Facial Recognition 3:00
13 Cubits 3:40
14 Cosmic Clock 2:00
15 Cosmic Letter 1:00
16 Cube 1:05
17 Jesse: The First Year 1:30
18 Skeletons 1:00
19 Architecture 2:00
20 Bench, River, And Train 3:00
21 Pegboard 1:45
22 Plans & Elevations 4:00
23 Incidence Of The Northern Moon 4:00
24 Orange 1:45
25 Real Cats Drink Milk 1:45
26 Earth Works 2:10
27 Moving Day 2:35
28 Celestial Navigation 15:00
29 Shell Life 1:00
30 Dinosaur Matrix 3:30
31 Rocks 1:20
32 Academy Leader Variation 6:00
33 Computer Test 0:50
34 Number Rap #17 1:00
35 Ocean 1:45
36 Litter Rap 1:00
37 Ake & Ch 2:00
38 Letters O, P, And R 3:00
39 Paper Origami 1:00
40 Floor Tiles 1:30