Thursday, December 15, 2011

Norman McLaren

Norman McLaren, (11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987) was a Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).  He was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and filmmaking, including drawn on film animation, visual music, abstract film, pixilation and graphical sound. 
His awards included an Oscar for the Best Documentary in 1952 for Neighbours, a Silver Bear for best short documentary at the 1956 Berlin International Film Festival Rythmetic and a 1969 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film for Pas de deux. 
Awards and achievements
McLaren is remembered for his experiments with image and sound as he developed a number of groundbreaking techniques for combining and synchronizing animation with music.
The National Film Board honoured McLaren's genius by naming its Montreal head office building the Norman McLaren Building. The Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent, which is home to the NFB, has also honoured McLaren by naming a borough district after him.
Lifetime achievement awards
In 1968 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and promoted to Companion in 1973. In 1982, he was the first anglophone to receive the Prix Albert-Tessier, given to persons for an outstanding career in Québec cinema.
In 2009, McLaren's works were added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme, listing the most significant documentary heritage collections in the world, joining such works as the Gutenberg Bible and The Wizard of Oz.
Awards for McLaren's films
Academy Awards (USA)
(1953) Oscar - Best Documentary, Short Subjects for Neighbours (1952)
Annie Awards (USA)
(1975) Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award
BAFTA Awards (England)
(1969) BAFTA Film Award Best Animated Film for Pas de Deux (1968)[10]
Berlin International Film Festival
(1951) Silver Medal (Culture Films and Documentaries) award for Begone Dull Care 
(1956) Silver Bear (Short Film) award for Rythmetic 
Canadian Film Awards (Canada)
(1949) Special Award for Dots
(1950) Special Award for Begone Dull Care
(1952) Special Award for Around is Around
(1952) Special Award for Now is the Time
(1952) Special Award for After the Storm
(1953) Special Award for A Phantasy
(1953) Special Award for Neighbours
(1958) Arts and Experimental for A Chairy Tale
Shared with Claude Jutra
(1962) Arts and Experimental for Lines Horizontal
(1965) Arts and Experimental for Canon
Shared with Grant Munro
(1968) Special Award for Pas de Deux
Cannes Film Festival
(1955) Short Film Palme d'Or for Blinkity Blank
Columbus International Film and Video Festival (USA)
(1984) Honorable Mention for Narcissus
Dance on Camera Festival (USA)
(1984) Gold Star Award for Narcissus
Festival international de cinéma de court métrage (France)
(1985) Special Mention for Narcissus
Festival international du film romantique
(1985) First Prize - Madame de Stael Prize, (France, May 1985) for Narcissus
Genie Awards (Canada)
(1984) Special Achievement Genie
Golden Sheaf Awards / Short Film and Video Festival (Canada)
(1984) Golden Sheaf Award - Best Experimental Film for Narcissus, Short Film and Video Festival (Canada, October–November 1984)
International Film Festival (India)
(1984) Golden Peacock for the Best Short Film of the Festival for Narcissusrtinerant - American Film and Video Festival (USA)
(1984) Honorable Mention - Visual Essays for Narcissus
Award nominations
Academy Awards (USA)
1953 Academy Award Best Short Subject, One-reel for Neighbours (1952)
1958 Academy Award Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects for A Chairy Tale (1957)
1964 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Christmas Cracker (1963) (as co-director)
BAFTA Awards (UK)
1960 BAFTA Film Award Best Animated Film for Short and Suite (Shared with Evelyn Lambart)

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