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Richard Williams “Silent Stars” logo

Animation legend Richard Williams animated a 30-second signal film for last year’s Pordenone Silent Film Festival, and now that piece will be screened by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during their forthcoming Summer of Silents film series.

In the film, not yet online, Williams animated many of the great actors and comedians in silent films – morphing one into another – beginning with Chaplin and ending with Buster Keaton. Over twenty actors in all. It will be screened on the first night of the season: June 13th with Humoreque and with The Big Parade on July 18th.

(Thanks to Mo Sutton for sending us these images from the logo – click thumbnails below to enlarge)