Sunday, 18 March 2012

Profile Of Norman McLaran

Fig 1: Norman Mclaren

Norman McLaren, born in 11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987 was a Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada. McLaren was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and also filmmaking, including drawn on film animation, visual music, abstract film, pixilation and graphical sound. McLarens awards included an Oscar for the Best Documentary in 1952 for Neighbours.

Fig 2: Pass De Deux

Pass de Deux is a very speed production film. “Norman McLaren’s 1968 film is not only one of the greatest ballet films ever made, it’s also an astonishing combination of high-contrast photography and optical printing.” (Coulthart) This shows a lot more of movement and capturing one image at a time and then being repeated. But this brings at another step of the past images to follow the older images. But really it’s loads of captured images in one movement into the next. This is most fascinating as the symbols show great standard posture, to the setting of both characters.  It seems as McLaren’s main objective was to capture the next set of each image so it’s showing more than one person.

List of illustrations:
Fig 1: Norman McLaren URL at:
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Fig 2: McLaren Pass De Deux    URL at:
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John (2011) URL at:
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