|Norman McLaren with his 1950 animation equipment|
This is a great little documentary on an unknown corner of animation by a legendary pro. It may be of interest to anyone who is curious about how films store sounds.
Believe it or not, traditional animators are not restricted to the realm of sight. They also are able to animate sound without the aid of any tools aside from film and a brush.
This is done precisely the same way that the animator would do visual animation. However, instead of drawing figures, the animator would manipulate geometric shapes on the portion of the film reserved for sound.
|Drawing on film to create crazy sounds.|
Norman McLaren, incidentally, was a Scottish-born animator who won many prestigious awards during the 1950s and 1960s, including a BAFTA for Best Animated Film in 1969 ("Pas de deux"). He also did the animation for the US government during World War II. He spent most of his career in Canada.
No animation blog would be complete without some reference to Norman McLaren.
|The animator at work.|
An introduction to the hand-drawn sounds of Norman McLaren. Prepared by Don Peters and Lorne Batchelor. 1951.