Animation artists prepare sketches in the animation department of the First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California.
Culver City California Date:1944 Duration:2 min 23 sec Sound:Yes
Activities of soldiers in the First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU) of the United States Army Air Forces in Culver City, California during World War 2. A sign board reads: 'Animation Department'. Cartoon animation artists apply their skills to the war effort, working inside the building. They make sketches on drawing sheets. Artists seen include Joe Smith and Gus Arriola, and possibly the back of Rudy Larriva and Jules Engel. Minute mechanical details of aircraft, armament, and equipment are illustrated with the help of drawings and animation sequences in films. Narrator describes how complicated technical subjects can be illustrated. The explanation of the theory of flight with the help of an animation. Animation shows factors responsible for the flight of an airplane. Men hold slings attached to an airplane flying with the airplane.
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