Monday, 15 March 2010

Animator: Norman McLaren (1914 - 1987)

Norman Mclaren

Norman Mclaren's just blew me away, with his animations accompanied by all these jazz tunes. But also, for the way that simple shapes can create such an appealing animation. Firstly, we watched Begone Dull Care, 1949, and I can't say how crazy all the animation, but it just went well with the flow of the music, which made a perfect composition. Also, the drawings, in my opinion, resembled abstract expressionism, conveying the feeling even more.

Begone Dull Care

After, we were presented with some other animations, in which I liked but another that stroke me the most was Pas de Deux, 1969.This short is dated 20 years after the previous animation, and shows a completely new approach to animation. it demonstrates how the movement of the two ballet dancers featuring this animation, can be breakdown frame by frame, creating this dragging experience that ultimately produces an abstract vision.

Pas de Deux

Finally, we saw this animation called Le Merle (the blackbird), and this once again was so different yet interesting, because it is the animation for this traditional song in Canada, and the animation just follows it perfectly flowing throughout the verses with no cuttings. The song is so cool that I'm listening over and over again.

Le Merle

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