“The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln” by Drew Christie

Printed books don’t seem to be good for much nowadays, but animators can use them as art supplies, as Drew Christie did for his excellent short The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln. Animated with charcoal, pastel and crayon, the film required twelve paperback books. He writes, “The driver’s side window of a box truck was used as the light box for animating because I made the entire thing while I was at work (a job I no longer have).”

Animating on a book isn’t a new idea, and the gimmick quickly takes backseat to the well-told story of Boston Corbett, the mentally unstable soldier who knocked off Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth. Christie’s artwork is simple, but he pairs it with sophisticated filmmaking ideas and story presentation. The music by Spencer Thun and sound by Ian Picco both add a lot. If you want to know more about Corbett’s life, as I did after watching the film, read this piece in American Scholar.

(via Drawn)


  • Karl Hungus

    The audience always wins when the subject matter is a man who drank soapy water to attain visions and cut of his nuts.

    • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

      I was not aware of the “soap to nuts” connection.

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    Really dizzying… I wish it wasn’t five and a half minutes long.

  • Chris Webb

    I’d like to see one about Jack Ruby.

  • http://artnote.blog.com Stephen

    Booth drew and, because of that, Drew drew.

  • http://www.democracyforthecartoons.blogspot.com D. Christie

    This was actually an unofficial sequel to a civil war related animation I did on the pages of 12 books about 5 years ago. It was called The Sinking Of The Hunley and can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS6qnRLAutE
    It was originally performed with live music and narration and both Spencer Thun and Ian Picco were involved.

  • Doug

    Totally fascinating. Yes, the subject is interesting in itself but the style of animation fit the subject perfectly and really drew me in. Like Amid I dutifully had to follow the link for more information on this man. Thanks for this!

  • Jennifer

    “Printed books don’t seem to be good for much nowadays, but animators can use them as art supplies …”
    What a dumb thing to say.

    • Chris L

      Sad too.

    • http://antitesisdemilonga.blogspot.com Delfos

      Although there are some crappy, used, useless books (e.g. Windows 98 manuals… Or Internet guides) that are cheaper than a ream of paper.

      I just hope this weren’t books that were actually of some value (like the link that Amid provided… That dude ruined Moby Dick!)

  • Ken

    I heard it was “The Art of Robots”! HA!