CG Artists Toolkit - Animation and Character | Lotte Reiniger


Lotte Reiniger, born in 1899 in Charlottenburg, Germany, was a film director and, most notably, a silhouette animator. She is commonly considered a pioneer of silhouette animation and a "standard-bearer for women in the industry" (Hutchinson, P. 2016). During her younger years, she was inspired by the works of Georges Melies and Paul Wegener as well as Chinese shadow puppets.

As she grey older, Reiniger became keen on working with Wegener, eventually becoming a silhouette designer for the intertitles in his films, her first being 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' (1918). Reiniger was soon after given the task of animating rats which she enjoyed greatly, setting her future in the animation industry in motion.

Lotte Reiniger went on to create almost seventy films, including a feature-length film: 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed' (1926).



Hutchinson, P. 2016, Lotte Reiniger, The Guardian:


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