Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker  

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Alexandre Alexeieff (August 5, 1901 - August 9, 1982) was born in the town of Kazan in Russia. He spent his early childhood near Istanbul where his father was a military attaché. At the time of the Russian Revolution of 1917 he was a military cadet in the Russian navy.

In 1921 he left Russia for France, where he began his involvement with illustration and animation.

In 1930, Alexeieff married Claire Parker (1910 - 1981), a wealthy American art student living in Paris. Together they formed a life-long partnership working together on animated films. Their main contribution to the art of animation is the pin screen. They also made many stop motion-animated commercials to sustain themselves financially, though they reportedly did not see much difference between their "artistic" and "commercial" films.

Alexeieff worked as well in Berlin, returning 1933 to Paris.

Giannalberto Bendazzi wrote a book about him titled Alexeieff - Itinerary of a Master which featured essays from various famous animators such as Yuriy Norshteyn.

On August 7, 1972, Alexeieff and Parker demonstrated the pin screen to a group of animators at the National Film Board of Canada. This demonstration was filmed, and released by the NFB as Pin Screen. This film appears on disk 7 of Norman McLaren: The Master's Edition, along with Pinscreen Tests (1961).



  • Alexeieff at the Pinboard (1960) - documentary filmed in their Paris studio
  • Pin Screen (1972) - documentary of a pinscreen demonstration at the National Film Board of Canada

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