Thursday, 13 October 2016

Animation Research - Lotte Reiniger

Lotte Reiniger

Lotte Reiniger was born on the 2nd June 1899. As a child she was fascinated with puppetry, especially Chinese Silhouette Puppetry. As a child she also created her own mini puppet theater so she could put on shows for her family and friends.

Lotte was interested in the work of Georges Méliès due to their special effects, her interest transferred over to the actor and director Paul Wegener.

She enrolled at the theater of Max Reinheardt where she started creating silhouette images of the actors working there. After a while she started working for Wegener where she produced elaborate title cards for his films which she continued to use for her own films.

In 1918 Reiniger animated wooden rats for Wegners' Pied Piper of Hamelin. After her success she got admitted to the Institute for Cultural Research; this was an experimental animation and Short-film Studio.Whilst there she met her future husband and creative partner Carl Koch. 

The first film Reiniger directed was The Ornament of the Enamored Heart 1919, a short piece involving two lovers and an ornament that reflects their moods.

Lotte continued to work for multiple clients and create more films such as Cinderella in 1922 and Puss in Boots 1954. 

Lotte died roughly after her 82nd Birthday in 1981.

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