FILMS
EXPERIMENTAL AMIMATION & PUBLIC TELEVISION

 

ROTATING CUBIC GRID
1975. 2 minutes.
Jarnow's primary motif is a grid which controls the shapes and motions of forms contained within the framework of a rotating cube. Constructed from interlocking cycles, the film explores branches and loops along paths laid down by geometric logic.
-Thelma Schenkel, Harvard Film Archives

 

FOUR QUADRANT EXERCISE
1975. 3 minutes
Music by Brenda Murphy and W.A. Mozart
"Cubic shapes enmeshed in grids and perspective lines move precisely to phrases of a tune by Mozart. Jarnow's animation plays with space, creating a visual game that appeals to the mind as well as the sense."
-Freude Bartlett

One of my intentions in FQE was to design an "animation machine." I adapted a perspective system that enabled me to render complex motions almost automatically. I made the film before having access to the pleasures of computer graphics technology. Both the film and I remain committed to the joy of making marks on paper.

 

AUTOSONG
1976. 10 minutes.
Music by Brenda Murphy. Animation assistant: Peter Crosman "AUTOSONG'S remarkable spatial dimensional uses cartoon freedom to abolish the laws of physics inventing long, impossible tracking shots, Jarnow creates an inexorable forward movement sweeping over, around, into the window and out the rear-view mirror of a driverless Volkswagon as it careens down an empty-world autobahn."
-J. Hoberman, Village Voice

 

SHORELINES
1977. 3 minutes. Color. Sound.
"Al Jarnow's witty animated collage of seaside bric-a-brac should delight any children and adults who have ever combed a beach. Instead of showing us the sea itself, the camera evokes the sounds, smells, shapes and textures of ocean life with a playful and imaginative assembly of sea-spawned memorabilia."
-William Costanzo, Film Library Quarterly

"An inventory of a morning's shell gathering develops into a comment on how we screen nature through art. Jarnow programs his natural souvenirs (found objects) through delightful scalar patterns in which we see all sequential components at once. The result reveals the animation process in a most delightful way."
-George Griffin, Athens Film Festival

 

CUBITS
1978. 4 minutes. Color. Sound.
Music composed by Brenda Murphy, performed by Joshua Pierce.
"In CUBITS, through visual analogies to Bach's fugal patterns, the screen fills with geometrically multiplying variations on the cube. The artist's hands flash by, flipping the drawings which are producing the intoxicating visual fugue. As the theme augments, contracts, overlaps and over flows itself, the film is exploring the logic of animation and the nature of logic itself."
-Thelma Schenkel, Trickfilm

"CUBITS fuses the use of plastic visual concerns and logic with animation. Every aspect of the animation is measured and systematic. The filmmaker has set up a closed visual system based upon a total visual analysis of the single, simple geometric form, the cube. The music composed especially for CUBITS by Brenda Murphy, lends a feel ing of humor."
- Donna Shepper, Film Library Quarterly

PLANS & ELEVATIONS
1980. 4 minutes.
'The 'plan' becomes a projection into the future, as the 'elevation' materializes into the present, concluding with the arch leaping playfully out of the paper's surface, as if to escape the exigencies of physical laws."
-Thelma Schenkel, Harvard Film Archives

 

INCIDENCE OF THE NORTHERN MOON
1981. 4 minutes
A study of a seashell, using animated and stop-motion techniques. The filmmaker explores phenomena of virtual and real space/time, analyzing and finally synthesizing the growth of a spiral shell.

 

JESSE: THE FIRST YEAR
1979. 2 minutes.
With the help of Jill and Jesse Jarnow
and Peter Crosman.
"For one year I photographed sequences of our son Jesse growing into and out of his bassinet. At the same time, Jill and I made recordings of his increasingly rich vocabulary of sounds. The immediate result is a time-lapse film of Jesse's first year."
-Al Jarnow

 

 

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION
1985. 15 minutes.
"In this complex blend of philosophical and technical enquiry, the filmmaker plots the seasonal procession of the sun from equinox to equinox using stop motion, time-lapse photography and drawn animation. Jarnow watches the shadows cross his studio wall and travels to Stonehenge to view the summer solstice. A film by a master animator which captures, first person, the experience of being, in the words of Buckminster Fuller, 'a passenger on Spaceship Earth."
-John Luther Schofill
Experimental Film Coalition

 

 PUBLIC TV

 

MAKING MANHATTAN
Taking NYC back in time -
from Times Square to the "beginning" in speeds accelerating by powers of ten.

A three minute segment from PBS / Creation of the Universe written by Timothy Ferris and produced by Geoff Haines-Styles

 

CANYON
a billion years in the making,
only a few months in
the making of the film.

for 3-2-1 Contact, Childens's Television Workshop.

Producer -Sam Gibbon

BLOCK CITY
a three minute piece for Sesame Street - along with more than 100 shorts for Children's Television Workshop.

FACIAL RECOGNITION
Making Abe's face with painted styrofoam balls on the floor of a stage at Delphi with the camera mounted on the light bridge.

for 3-2-1 Contact

THE RIVER
or three ways to get across.
for Sesame Street
CUBES
3-2-1 Contact
conservation of mass with sugra, cardboard, plexiglass and wood frames.

BOX CITY
Sesame Street 1991

Made with the kids of Westbury Friends, a city grows from carboard cartons, tubes - and lots of glue and tape. As one comment noted, it's more about reusing than recycling.

NUMBER RAPS - 17
Sesame Street 1988

Let's count the ways . . .
Part of a series of odd numbers, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 . . .

AKE
Sesame Street 1991

Shake 'n bake . . .

LETTER P
Sesame Street 1992
LETTER R
Sesame Street 1992

STREET LETTERS D, F, H
Sesame Street 1994

Panning view of a street composite assembled with buildings from Northport, Babylon, Bay Shore & Islip.

 
 

WORKING ON THE RAILROAD
Sesame Street 1992

or some observations about planning ahead.

BOX CITY
Sesame Street 1991

Made with the kids of Westbury Friends, a city grows from carboard cartons, tubes - and lots of glue and tape. As one comment noted, it's more about reusing than recycling.

THE YAK
Sesame Street 1970

The first animation I made for CTW - a yakkity, yakkity, yak. In the first version, my friend Nick Petron did the voice over - and the "research" department declared that Yaks don't have English accents.

COSMIC CLOCK
3-2-1 Contact, 1979

A billion years go by with the click of a stopwatch . . .

first a minute then an hour.

music: Tom Perri

ORANGE
Sesame Street 1982

Some ways to slice it.

music: Jonathan Larson

SHELL LIFE
Sesame Street 1984

music: Elliot Sokolov

CAT BLOCKS
Sesame Street 1982

music: Jonathan Larson

REAL CATS DRINK MILK
Sesame Street 1982

It took a trail of catfood to lure Banana into the scene.

music: Jonathan Larson

FLOOR TILES
Sesame Street 1997

The bathroom floor comes to life, remembering a time of watching the hexagon tiles dance in my childhood.

Starring Chloe Better.

music: Elliot Sokolov

PEGBOARD
Sesame Street 1980

music: Tom Perri

PAPER
Sesame Street 1995

music: Elliot Sokolov

   
   

  

RING OF TRUTH by Phil & Phylis Morrisonmisc. commercials, ETC.