Tereza Cz Dvořáková and team

Tereza Cz Dvořáková (b.1977) studied Film & TV Production and earned a Ph. D in Film Studies; now she lives and works in Prague. She is a founder and developer of the Film Educational Department at the National Film Archive Prague, a chairman of the Czech Association of Film and Audio-Visual Education), and has various practical experiences in film education: EU project CinEd, lectures for Charles Children University and other NNO (Free Cinema POFIV), teacher’s training courses at the NFA; fundraising for film educational projects; scientific and popular publications on film education incl. the very first book on film history for children: How Cinema Was Born.

Nikkarin (b. 1987), real name Michal Menšík, is a self-taught artist. He draws and writes his original comic books and has recently emerged as a much sought-after illustrator of books and magazines for young people. He is a regular contributor to the quarterly publication Raketa. He illustrated Alena Ježková’s novel Dračí polévka [Dragon Soup] (2011), the short-story anthology Závrať [Vertigo] (2013) and the travel journal 3 333 km k Jakubovi [3‚333 Km Till James] by Petra Braunová (2014). He is also featured in the comic-book album Ještě jsme ve válce [Still at War] (2011), describing authentic fates of Nazi and communist regime victims in former Czechoslovakia. The latest in his comic book series was preceded by the albums 130: Odysea [130: Odyssey] (2009) and 130: Hodní, zlí a oškliví [130: The Good, Bad and Ugly Crowd] (2010).

František Týmal (b. 1987) graduated from Audiovisual Studies at FAMU in 2013, specialising in creating and reflection of intermedia arts. He currently focuses on experimental filmmaking, new media and the use of moving images in visual arts and the theatre. His works strongly accentuate the material aspect of media and the transformation of light and sound into a living matter. Co-founder of the Kinoaparát.cz platform, whose mission is to raise awareness and utilize traditional film techniques and technologies. He lectures on film for the National Film Archive, FAMU and Freecinema.


How Cinema Was Born

A Trip into the Archaeology of film for Early and Advanced Readers

by Tereza Cz Dvořáková, Nikkarin, František Týmal

November 2017, 64 pages

The perfect book for all curious children, it combines the latest knowledge of film history and epic language with practical yet also playful instruction manuals.

This beautiful book tells you what all had to happen before the first feature-length animated film was shot. The story from Leonardo Da Vinci to Lotte Reiniger, journeys into the archaeology of film as an homage to the epoch of the 18th and 19th century – the time of inventions and social change, without which we could hardly imagine what it is to have fun at the cinema, in front of the television, computer or with our tablets today. The book also contains an interactive section, prepared by experimental filmmaker František Týmal, with several manuals for the making of optical toys, which will show moving images that were watched by people more than a hundred years ago. The toy manuals are based on the do-it-yourself concept and can be created at home or in school. Humorous illustrations made by leading Czech children comics author Nikkarin open the book to other pop-cultural contexts. The book is designed for inquisitive readers from 6 years of age, but also for much older ones.

Jak vznikl film (How Cinema Was Born) is an enjoyable narrative about the birth of movies and the inventions which had preceded it. Curious children will be captivated by the outstanding graphics as well as the story.


The book represents a handy and entertaining way in comic form to show the computer generation that the history of movies does not begin with YouTube.


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