Stop Motion Nursery Rhyme

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Survey of Animation, Nursery Rhyme & Research Paper, Video Movie, 25 Seconds

Norman McLaren was born in April of 1914 in Stirling, Scotland was a Canadian animator and firm director. He is known for doing new animation techniques, such as, drawing on film, visual music, abstract films, and pixilation. After some early experiments, he was hired by the United Kingdom General Post Office Film Unit to be a camera man. He made four films while working for the General Post Office from 1936 to 1939. As World War II started, McLaren moved to New York City and made four films while in New York City until 1941. After New York City, he moved to Canada to work for the National Film Board, to open a studio, and to train animators. In January 1943, McLaren became head of Studio A, the animation studio of the Nation Film Board. While working for the National Film Board, he made his most famous piece, “Neighbours,” in 1952. Norman McLaren ended his career in January of 1987 when he passed.

His two early films won an award at the Scottish Amateur Film Festival, setting him up for his career. For his 1852 film, “Neighbours,” he received an Oscar Award for Best Documentary. In 1956 he won a Silver Bear for best short documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival, and he also won a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award in 1969 for Best Animated Film, “Pas De Duex,” and many more.

McLaren is known for his experiments with images and sound. He synchronized animation with music with his numerous new techniques. The National Film Board named their Montreal head office and a district after McLaren. In 1986, he was titled Officer of the Order of Canada and in 1982 he was promoted to be Companion. He was the first anglophone to receive the Prix Allbert-Terrier, given to people for an outstanding career in cinema. In 2006, McLaren’s Negatives was produced, a short animated documentary of him and in 2009 his works were added to the Memory of the World Programme as the most significant documentary heritage collections in the world. Finally, in 2013 an iTunes app, “McLaren’s Workshop,” was created for people to use his art techniques and view his films.

McLaren is well known for his animation techniques, using abstract designs, shapes, and for creating personalities for inanimate things. In his award-winning film, “Pas De Duex,” he used the same frames multiple times to create a loop of a ballerina and her partner. This film and his film “Lines” is similar in that there is a since of detachment because the mind has to make the images out instead of it being obvious.

I was looking at the film “Neighbour” from Norman McLaren to create my film, I was trying to keep a fast pixilation feeling to my piece as she moved. I accomplished this adaption by taking a multitude of pictures to use of my “Little Miss Muffet” walking to get the same since of movement the men had in the “Neighbour” documentary. In my view, I adapted the movement of the people well compared to “Neighbour,” I struggled with the timing of sound and visuals.


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