Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Norman McLaren (1914-1987)
I like black and white films. I don't exactly know why - probably because there is a stylization which is removed from actual life, unlike a color film.
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Norman McLaren (1914-1987) was one of the great animation pioneers, and one of the first film-makers to approach the medium as a serious art form. Born in Scotland, he moved to London in the 1930s to work on documentaries, and then to Canada in 1941, to join the newly-credited National Film Board of Canada, where he founded and ran the animation unit.
For the next four decades McLaren produced dozens of short animated films, using a remarkable variety of techniques (many of which he pioneered), including drawing directly onto film (a technique developed years earlier, when he had access to a projector but not a camera), pixilation (manipulating live actors as though they were inanimate objects). [Adapted from Michael Brooke]
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