Remembering Animator Bruce Bickford - from the Archive

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Thu, 05/28/2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Stop-motion animator Bruce Bickford, whose work included clay animated films for Frank Zappa, is honored on a 2008 episode of Words and Pictures hosted by Bill Dodge and S.W. Conser
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Stop-motion animator Bruce Bickford, whose work included clay animated films for Frank Zappa, is honored on a 2008 episode of Words and Pictures hosted by Bill Dodge and S.W. Conser
Stop-motion animator Bruce Bickford, whose work included clay animated films for Frank Zappa, is honored on a 2008 episode of Words and Pictures hosted by Bill Dodge and S.W. Conser
A tribute to the maverick stop-motion animator who worked with Frank Zappa and influenced a generation of filmmakers

 

For half a century, Bruce Bickford ran a one-man clay animation production house, constructing surreal miniature worlds in a cavernous Seattle studio and bringing them to life through the magic of stop-motion.  Bickford gained notoriety in the 1970's as the fertile mind behind the Frank Zappa films Baby Snakes and The Amazing Mister Bickford, and was the subject of the award-winning 2005 documentary Monster Road.

S.W. Conser and Bill Dodge interviewed Bickford in 2008, as his re-released magnum opus Prometheus' Garden was being honored at the Bagdad Theater's SuperTrash Film Festival.

Originally recorded 18 August 2008 and edited by Bill Dodge for a 16 December 2008 broadcast.  Bruce Bickford died on 28 April 2019 at the age of 72.

 

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