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FRIDAY 20 JUNE, 8.00PM CINEMA 1

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Luminaris > Juan Pablo Zaramella > Argentina

Norman McLaren has literally done more than any other person to shape, define and extend the boundaries of creative animation. Born in Scotland, McLaren was the multi-discipline genius who established the animation department at the National Film Board of Canada, arguably the single most important institution of its kind in the world. The NFB has attracted and empowered multiple generations of outstanding animators and producers, many of whom have won Academy Awards over the years. Quiet, focused and inexhaustible, McLaren’s unquenchable thirst for developing new techniques and pushing established techniques far beyond what anyone believed was possible, saw him create an incredibly important body of personal work. This program brings together a collection of films spanning more than 50 years, showing the breadth of influence Norman McLaren has had on animators working in every corner of the world.

 

Also see:

RENDER Animation Conference - 'Our Two Most Important Centenaries': Fri 20 June
RENDER Animation Conference - 'Why Abstract Animation Matters': Fri 20 June
International Program #7 - Abstract Showcase: Thu 26 June 8.30pm
Installation Animation Programs: Sun 22 June from 4pm

Masterclass 'Outside the Box' with Sabrina Schmid (UK): Sun 22 June 3.30pm
ACMI Workshop: Animate With Creative Coding: Sat 21 June 9.30am-4.30pm
Kids Animation Workshop: Sat 28 June from 11am

 

Blinkity Blank
Norman McLaren
Canada, 5’16, 1955 (NL)
An outstanding example of McLaren’s cameraless animation style with one of the best sound tracks ever put to an animated film.

Neighbours
Norman McLaren
Canada, 8’07, 1952 (NL)
A true classic. A not so subtle exploration of human territorial tendencies and the film that set the benchmark for pixilation animation.

Pas De Deux
Norman McLaren
Canada, 13’22, 1968 (NL)
One of the most important animated films ever created. A true masterpiece that drives home McLaren’s natural genius and his ability to harness technology in his creative quests.

Linear Dreams
Richard Reeves
Canada, 4'15, 1997 (NL)
An absolutely stunning example of cameraless animation, including a fully ‘scratched’ sound track.
1000 Plateaus (2004 -2014)
Steven Woloshen
Canada, 3'22, 2014 (NL)
Made entirely in the front seat of a car with simple art tools direct to film, this hand-made short celebrates the joy of road maps, travel and jazz music.
Be Gone Dull Care
Norman McLaren
Canada, 7’49, 1949
The film that defined McLaren’s prowess with abstract animation and stands to this day as a masterclass of the form.
Entropy Or The Arrow Of Time
Damaris Baker
Canada, 7’00, 2013
A variety of techniques, including scratch, bleaching and optical printing, are employed to best empathetic effect to depict a life being remembered.
Luminaris
Juan Pablo Zaramella
Argentina, 6’20, 2011
In a world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things. One of the most successful pixilation films of recent years.
On The Road: Brussels
Lucia Cernekova, Peter Luha
Slovakia, 5’16, 2013
Collectively known as The Lightstone Seekers, this duo tour the world animating their impressions of each city they encounter.

McLaren’s Negatives
Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
Canada, 10’00, 2006

The perfect way to wrap up the program, a fascinating animated documentary delving into some of McLaren’s own views of filmmaking.

 
       
 
 


   
       

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