Saturday, November 6, 2010

Александр Петров

Aleksandr Petrov is a world famous Russian animator. Born in 1957, he studied at the All-Union Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, one of the premier film schools in Soviet Russia. Petrov is notable for his use of the animation technique known as pastel oil paintings on glass. He carefully paints each of the thousands of frames in his animations on large glass sheets. The artist and his method gained international acclaim in 1999 when his adaptation of Ernest Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Though considered one of Russia’s most accomplished post-Soviet animators, Petrov has fallen on hard times. In 2009, he announced he was unemployed, could not find funding for any new films, and was nearing the end of his life savings.

This is the first half of The Old Man and the Sea.

The second half:

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