Young Terry Gilliam Shows You How to Make Your Own Cutout Animation

Put aside 14 min­utes and Ter­ry Gilliam, the leg­endary Mon­ty Python ani­ma­tor, will show you how to make your own cutout ani­ma­tions. Gilliam start­ed out his career as an ani­ma­tor, then moved to Eng­land and joined up with Mon­ty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus. For years, he worked as the group’s ani­ma­tor, cre­at­ing the open­ing cred­its and dis­tinc­tive buffers that linked togeth­er the off­beat com­e­dy sketch­es.

If you’ve nev­er tak­en a good look at his work, you will want to spend some time with The Mir­a­cle of Flight from 1974, or this ani­mat­ed sequence, Sto­ry Time, from 1968.

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  • Ter­ry Gilliam is one of a kind. No one has ever been on the same page as the man.

  • Ana says:

    The joy of the man with his cutouts is sheer inspi­ra­tion. :)) Amaz­ing Ter­ry Gilliam, such a won­der­ful artist.

  • Jay Schwartz says:

    This dadaist approves. Genius is as genius does …

  • Deon Houghton says:

    One of the most under­rat­ed genius­es of the PYTHON group. I love his work. All of it! The ani­ma­tion the direct­ing and his stand in char­ac­ters such as Pat­sy in the Holy Grail. He has one of my dream jobs! It’s one of the mir­a­cles of the inter­net that we can feel as if we are actu­al­ly sit­ting in a room with him watch­ing him work. Man would i love spend­ing a week work­ing with him! I bet it’s a blast! When you weren’t laugh­ing too hard to get some actu­al work in that is. I won­der what type of cam­era he liked best and/or has he switched to dig­i­tal now and how that is done. Thanks for the les­son Ter­ry!

  • Utkal Mohanty says:

    Won­der­ful. Wish I had seen this clip when I was a child ( if that was pos­si­ble.)

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