A mystery has enveloped the offices of the Cinema Studies Department. As snow gently falls and rain clouds move in to cast our skies in a dampening gray, we sit here asking “Who is William Thaumatrope?”
A Thaumatrope is a pre-cinematic device. A round disk is attached to a string with a picture on either side. Make the disk spin and the images are superimposed. It is a form of montage, a magic trick, an illusion.
Thaumatrope is a musical project to create song from sound, to create songs without material support, to create collections of songs: love songs and rock songs, folk songs and pop songs. –William Thaumatrope
There is a connection. There is something happening here. It is cinema studies, but it is also something else. The owls are not what they seem.
Can you help us figure out who this mystery man is? Leave a comment.