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:
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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