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Kubla Khan (2011)

February 15th, 2011 by Anne Richardson · 1 Comment · 2010's, News, Oregon Cartoon Institute, Oregon animator, Oregon film new definition, Oregon film old definition, Videos

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In her new film Kubla Khan,  Joan Gratz uses the clay painting animation technique she perfected in her 1992 Oscar winning Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase.

Joan Gratz describes the technique she used:

Kubla Khan was painted in front of a camera and shot one frame at a time. The computer has replaced the film lab and is used for editing too, but the film is in no way computer generated animation.

Here’s a 1993 interview with Gratz:

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Kubla Khan makes its Portland premiere at the Portland International Film Festival. There will be two screenings:

Feb. 16, 7:00 PM, Broadway Theater

Feb. 22, 8:15 PM, Whitsell Auditorium

I hereby claim Kubla Khan, sight unseen, as an Oregon film, based on the Oregon citizenship of the director, Joan Gratz.

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  • 1 Jan Knott // Sep 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Joan deserved this oscar so much for her hard work all through her career. I remember her flocking T-shirts to sell as a student in Oregon and doing them so well I wanted to flock my car in the same brilliant colors.

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