Death of the Firstborn Egyptians

The most recently-completed scene from my feature-in-progress Seder-Masochism.

written, directed, designed, animated, produced, etc. by Nina Paley
music from “Spider Suite” by The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra
sound effects by Greg Sextro

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Based on Exodus 12:
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.
22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door

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The holy grail of quilting design

Single-line art is the holy grail of quilting design: the sewing machine head can stitch the entire design without starting, stopping, or breaking thread. To illustrate this for an upcoming talk I drew a holy grail as a single-line drawing. I did this by hand in Flash, and made this simulation of a simulator by deleting line segments one at a time.

I would love a program that intelligently automatically converts my line art into single-line art. Theo made something like that already, which preserves all the line segments and relies on back-tracking. But I’d also like something that replicates what I did here by hand: removing and adding small line segments so no back-tracking is needed. It

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Burning Bush redux

Hopefully an improvement on my previous Burning Bush design which I made a few years ago. The new design can do this:

Hopefully an improvement on my previous Burning Bush design which I made a few years ago. The new design can

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Coming Soon

I just finished animating the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” (Exodus 12) scene for Seder-Masochism. It clocks in at 7 minutes 6 seconds. As soon as it gets some extra sound effects I’ll release it online, coinciding with a fundraising drive for the movie. Meanwhile here are some stills.

 

I just finished animating the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” (Exodus 12) scene for Seder-Masochism. It clocks in at 7 minutes 6 seconds. As soon as it gets some extra

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Leviathan/Apep in the sea

I seem to have created something that looks great as an endlessly looping gif, but is hard to fit into the movie I created it for. I’m still trying to fit it in without overwhelming any scene it appears in.

I seem to have created something that looks great as an endlessly looping gif, but is hard to fit into the movie I created it for. I’m still

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ba ba black background

Egyptian firstborn mummy

First flight of the ba

The ba passes Ammit and Anubis weighing the heart

More “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” scenes for Seder-Masochism. I’m using a plain black background in these scenes to suggest the dead are “inside” Death, but the Egyptian art I’m basing it on have light backgrounds, so it’s a bit of a stretch.

 

More “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” scenes for Seder-Masochism. I’m using a plain black background in these scenes to suggest the dead are “inside” Death, but the Egyptian art I’m

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How to make a Leviathan in Macromedia Flash 8

People have been asking how I made this, so I took some screen shots:

1. Basic segment shape

1. Basic segment shape

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Leviathan Redux

I’m adapting the Leviathan I designed a few years ago into an Apep for the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” scene of Seder-Masochism. It’ll look more Egyptian later, but right now I’m just happy with the movement, which I re-timed to go with the music. It has a beat every 17 frames, kind of a pain to adjust but I’m pleased with the rhythm.

I’m adapting the Leviathan I designed a few years ago into an Apep for the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” scene of Seder-Masochism. It’ll look more Egyptian later,

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Über Alles

An image representing “domestic coupledom,” inspired by Against Love: A Polemic by Laura Kipnis, which I have really been enjoying lately.

An image representing “domestic coupledom,” inspired by Against Love: A Polemic by Laura Kipnis, which I have really been enjoying

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Uraeus Disc

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Death cycle

I’m currently working on the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” chapter of Seder-Masochism. The little move above happens only once in the film, but I wanted to see it over and over, hence the gif.

I’m currently working on the “Death of the Firstborn Egyptians” chapter of Seder-Masochism. The little move above happens only once in the film, but I wanted to see

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Chad Gadya embroidermation progress

A wee taste of the progress Theo and I are making on our “Chad Gadya” embroidermation project.

Frames of the animation are stitched in groups of 6, arranged in a circle on matzo covers. We currently have 516 frames on 86 matzo covers, which I painstakingly finished by hand with multiple fabric layers and labels and everything.

We hired Theo’s daughter, Emma, to help. Here she is ironing away while I adjust a lining.

Here I am topstitching one of the 86 covers on a treadle sewing machine.

We have a lot of additional photography, stitchcoding and stitching to do, but we are making progress. When the film is done the matzo covers will be for sale.

A wee taste

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This Land Is Mine is yours

Due to horrific recent events, This Land Is Mine has gone viral again.

Here’s a reminder that you don’t need permission to copy, share, broadcast, post, embed, subtitle, etc. Copying is an act of love, please copy and share. Yes means yes.

As for the music, it is Fair Use. This Land Is Mine is a PARODY of “The Exodus Song.” That music was sort of the soundtrack of American zionism in the 1960’s and 70’s. It was supposed to express Jewish entitlement to Israel. By putting the song in the mouth of every warring party, I’m critiquing the original song.

 

Due to horrific recent events, This Land Is Mine has gone viral again. Here’s a reminder

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Egyptian Falcon

Another thing for Seder-Masochism.

Another thing

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Death Makes a Holiday

I’m currently animating the Death of the Firstborn Egyptians (Exodus 11:1-12:36) for Seder-Masochism. This is the miracle that started Passover! Hooray! I’m being sarcastic!

I’m currently animating the Death of the Firstborn Egyptians (Exodus 11:1-12:36) for Seder-Masochism. This is the miracle that started Passover! Hooray! I’m being

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