Tags: Survey of Animation, Abstraction, Norman McLaren, Clay animation, Red
Norman Mclaren was a Canadian animator and film director best know for his work for the National Film Board of Canada. He was composed many areas of film making and animation, including graphical sound, visual music, and drawn on film animation. While studying interior design at the Glasgow School of FineArts, Mclaren sparked and interest in film. Mclaren was later hired by the General Post Office after his studies. Later he moved to Canada to being work for the National Film Board. Some of Mclaren’s best work has been his use of abstraction with painting and scratching on the film itself. He work of painting on film has achieved a sense of abstraction because an animation like this seemed very odd at the time. For my piece, I choose to do a clay animation, and showing abstraction with odd movements with the clay. Clay is a substance that can be molded into anything imaginable, and that’s the route it went for; an abstracting movement of clay what doesn’t have a defined shape.