Anne Frank Diary Reference
The Franks in Moving Pictures
In May 1939, when Anne Frank was almost ten, a photo shop offered a
service where you could get
a series of passport photos.
I made moving pictures (they're not quite movies) of
Otto, Edith, and Margot, using
sequences taken from the passport photos series. Because the photos were taken
in somewhat quick succession, the Franks almost come to life.
One might assume that all of the photos are
from the same year (1939), however, one of the few such photos of Edith is labeled "1935."
Also, Anne seems to have series from two different years, but it's hard to tell.
Each moving picture is on its own page to minimize page download times and
to present each one better:
- You need to use Internet Explorer and have the Flash plugin.
Here are the passport photo series for
The photos are probably from the large version of
Anne Frank House: the Museum with a Story. There are several passport
photos included in Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary as well.
sent me all of them, I do not have that book, it seems to be out of print.
Anne's moving pictures are smaller in size than
Margot's and Otto's
because my copy of her photos
is fuzzy and they looked better after a 75% shrink and an unsharp mask.
- Although the moving pictures would look more like movies if I sped them up, it would also
make them unrealistic. When people move that fast, their hair flies around, but the
photos have very few blurs. I suspect that the photographer was using a timer
that shot pictures at least one second apart. I made the animations so
that most photos linger about a second before fading into the next.
However, with shots of someone blinking or in a strange pose, it looks more
natural to speed that up, so I sped up such things. I also sometimes sped up brief
interludes that looked natural enough that way, for example, Anne glancing
away with a look.
There is a genuine 10 second film clip of Anne. She is
in the distance looking out the window
at a neighbor's wedding. This clip is available
on the Anne Frank House: a House with a Story CD-ROM and in the
Anne Frank Remembered video. There is a version of that film
(enhanced to be zoomed in on Anne) and an unedited version at annefrank.org.
- Because all photos of Anne Frank are held in strict copyright by both the
Anne Frank Foundation and
The Anne Frank House,
please do not use these images for anything other than educational use. (Surprisingly,
their sites do not have many photographs!)
Last Updated 6 April 2002