Norman McLaren

Norman McClaren (1914 - 1987) is one of the most awarded filmmakers in the history of Canadian cinema, and a pioneer in both animation and filmmaking. Born in Scotland, he entered the Glasgow School of Fine Arts in 1932 to study set design... In the early 30s he worked as a cameraman in Scotland and England, and in 1936 went to Spain to film the Civil War. He emigrated to the US in 1939 ... and in 1941 ...  he moved to Canada to work for the National Film Board .... later founded the animation department at the NFB ... He continued to use a variety of styles and techniques on his animated shorts, including the optical editor to film PAS DE DEUX  (1968), filming through a prism for LINE: HORIZONTAL (1962), and also using live action featuring himself in OPENING SPEECH (1960) ... In addition to film, McLaren worked with UNESCO ... on programs to teach film and animation techniques in China and India. His five part ANIMATED MOTION shorts ... are an excellent example of instruction on the basics of film animation ... McLaren died in 1987 ... The Canadian Film Board recognized this in 1989 by naming the CFB head office building the Norman McLaren Building. (IMDB)