CREATE YOUR OWN ANIMATION USING MCLAREN'S GROUNDBREAKING TECHNIQUES
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WATCH 51 CLASSIC ANIMATED FILMS BY OSCAR-WINNING DIRECTOR NORMAN MCLAREN… FOR FREE!
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is proud to offer unparalleled access to the incomparable work of Norman McLaren, Canada’s best-known animation filmmaker.
McLaren’s animated films are landmarks in the history of cinema and have been celebrated around the world, winning an Oscar (Neighbours), a Palme d’Or in the short film category at Cannes (Blinkity Blank), a Berlin Silver Bear (Rythmetic), a Berlin Silver Plaque (Begone Dull Care), and several BAFTAs (Blinkity Blank, A Chairy Tale and Pas de deux).
The McLaren’s Workshop also gives users free access to 11 short documentaries that will guide them through McLaren’s impressive filmography, providing a thematic analysis of his work.
**PAPER CUT-OUTS Workshop**
Make your own animated films with the PAPER CUT-OUTS Workshop, using the paper elements and original backgrounds McLaren created when he animated his classic film Le merle.
**SCRATCH ON FILM Workshop**
The SCRATCH ON FILM Workshop allows you to scratch, draw and paint free-form images directly onto film frames, a technique McLaren made famous through inspired films like Blinkity Blank and Begone Dull Care.
**SYNTHETIC SOUND Workshop**
With this workshop, you can try your hand at the synthetic sound experiment McLaren undertook in his vibrant and award-winning Synchromy, whose music was created by drawing directly onto the soundtrack area of the film strip.
The McLaren’s Workshop requires iOS 5.1 and above.
Though it can be run on an iPad 1, we recommend using an iPad 2 to fully enjoy all the app's features.
-WATCH 51 films by Norman McLaren.
-WATCH 11 short documentaries on Norman McLaren and his work.
-WATCH LATER – Store films for up to 48 hours of off-line viewing.
-MAKE YOUR OWN ANIMATION with the PAPER CUT-OUTS Workshop.
-DRAW DIRECTLY ONTO FILM FRAMES with the SCRATCH ON FILM Workshop.
-CREATE A MOVIE & SOUNDTRACK with the SYTHETIC SOUND Workshop.
-READ an exclusive essay on McLaren’s works by Don McWilliams.
-DISCOVER McLaren’s complete illustrated biography.
iOS 14 compatibility
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
First, the pros. This app features a biography, several documentaries, and lots of cool animations. It even has an animation studio, where you can make your own films!
Unfortunately, here are the cons:
First, one of the old videos is of two naked people waltzing. No idea how this app got a 4+ rating but sheesh!... Parental advisory for that. Secondly, you only get four shapes to work with on the animation studio. You have to buy the drawing feature. You also have to buy a "music with animation" feature.
Aside from that, this app is definitely worth it, but keep an eye on your kids while they're using it!...
Amazing and fun
McLaren was such a creative spirit and innovative force in animation history that any animation buff or artist should check this out. They won't regret a second of their time - heck, I've decided it makes keeping my iPad worthwhile. I can't believe how much content there is - access to all of his films, tons of notes, and workshops. Finding out that this was an app - especially after I had to sell my boxset of McLaren's work - just completely made my week. Thank you so much NFB for making access to these films and technique explanations so easy. I hope this inspires many other creative types like me in years to come.
Worth the Money!!
Wow!! This app is a true hidden gem and I love it! There are quite a few vidoes u can watch without wifi! Yes, to make your own videos it does cost, but very much worth it! The setup is very user friendly - i have never made a video in my life, yet now love it! The app gives u details on what the vids do as well, so download and check it out! Cannot praise this app enough!!
- National Film Board / Office national du film
- 205.2 MB
- Photo & Video
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- © National Film Board of Canada
- In-App Purchases
- Etching on film workshop
- Synthetic sound
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.