A short animated documentary about film pioneer Lotte Reiniger
Directed by Elizabeth Beech and Carla Patullo
Once upon a time,
long before Disney and other animation giants,
Lotte Reiniger ignited the world of film
with shadows, light, and a pair of magical scissors.
* SHORTLIST 2018 IDA Awards for Best Short Documentary
* WINNER BEST U.S. SHORT at the American Documentary Film Festival
* HOTTEST SHORTS of HotDocs 2018
* WINNER OUTSTANDING SHORT DOC at the Tallgrass Film Festival
* WINNER EMERGING ARTIST AWARD at DocUtah
* MUSIC + SOUND AWARD Finalist for Best Composition in a Short Film
* WINNER BEST SHORT DOC at the Scruffy City Film & Music Festival
Before Walt Disney, there was a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation. Influenced by folktales and legends, Lotte Reiniger was a tour de force of creativity and innovation: she invented the multiplane camera and created the first animated feature. This stunning film explores the life and times of a woman who is finally being given her due. - Eileen Arandiga, Canadian Film Centre
And so with music, magic, and a stirring narration by Lotte Reiniger herself, LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL tells the fairy tale story of one of animations’ biggest influencers.
In order to make this documentary, co-directors Beecherl and Patullo built a multiplane camera derived from Reiniger's original design, and they animated the puppets frame by frame on the glass planes in order to recreate the magical flicker and the ballet style dance so uniquely present in Reiniger's work.
Narrated by Lotte Reiniger
Starring the Puppets of Lotte Reiniger
with Erica Hanrahan-Ball, Andrew Diego, and Sean Smith
Music & Sound Design by Carla Patullo (White Widow) carlapatullo.com
Animation by Elizabeth Beech
Additional Writing by Jennifer Maisel