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Facial Recognition (1978) by Al Jarnow

Filmmaker Al Jarnow created time-lapse, stop-motion, and cell animation short films for PBS’s 3-2-1 Contact and Sesame Street in the 1970s and the 1990s. Filmed from above in 1978, the stop-motion short Facial Recognition demonstrates image resolution as kids build images of a familiar face with more and more dots.

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Made for 3-2-1 Contact, the film is one of his many classics collected in Celestial Navigations: Short Films of Al Jarnow. This sketch was revealed during the collection’s assemblage.

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Watch these next: Al Jarnow’s Cosmic Clock (1979), Cubits (1978), and Architecture (1980).

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