Rolf Giesen is a critic and scholar of very broad horizons, one of the most important global experts in animation and a significant researcher of similar creative possibilities of human imagination, such as special film effects (where animation is very much used), or fantasy and horror genres. A magnificent connoisseur also of Zagreb’s contribution to the making and screening of the finest international animation, he shared his knowledge with the world through numerous university and public lectures, museum and cinematheque exhibitions and shows, in monographic, historiographic and lexicographic books. He collaborated on educational films and shows, but first and foremost in his texts and books published in German and English he successfully covered the issues such as film education in the digital era.
His contributions to the insight regarding character building and acting in animation, as well as animation in Nazi Germany, big subjects such as Chinese animation (e.g. in the book Chinese Animation: A History and Filmography, 1922-2012) and puppetry in animation – ranging from historical sources to digital revolution, from tricks in live action film to fully animated films (e.g. in the book Puppetry, Puppet Animation and the Digital Age). Present in many animation platforms and forums, Rolf Giesen is one of the beacons both for today’s animation studies and for the coming generations.