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Animation effects found in Paleolithic cave art



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


OK--not dino-related but this is an interesting take on
paleoart--Paleolithic animation. I remember Werner Herzog speculating
in the film Cave of Forgotten Dreams about ancient cinema effects in
cave art to show animal movements.

Here's a link to an article with details and a video:

http://news.discovery.com/history/prehistoric-movies-120608.html


This is the ref.

Marc Azéma and Florent Rivère (2012)
Animation in Palaeolithic art: a pre-echo of cinema.
Antiquity 86(332): 316–324
http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/086/ant0860316.htm


Marc Azéma a Palaeolithic researcher and film maker has been exploring
the representation of animal movement in cave art for more than 20
years, and here shares with us his latest examples, culled from the
parietal art in the Chauvet Cave (Ardèche) and La Baume Latrone
(Gard). Here he has shown that Palaeolithic artists have invented
systems of breaking down movement and graphic narrative. His
co-author, Florent Rivère, discovered that animal movement was also
represented in more dynamic ways—with the use of animals drawn on a
spinning disc. In these flickering images created by Palaeolithic
people, the authors suggest, lie the origins of cinema.

Video showing animation effect (same video as mentioned above).
http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/azema332/