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Also Known As: W N Mclaren Died: January 27, 1987
Born: April 11, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: animator, filmmaker, director

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Celebrated pioneer of animation techniques including stop motion and drawing directly onto celluloid. McLaren was put on the staff of the British GPO Film Unit by John Grierson in 1937 and followed Grierson to Canada in 1941. Working under the auspices of the National Film Board, he produced several outstanding works which pushed Len Lye's approach of drawing directly onto celluloid into new and breathtaking dimensions. McLaren was noted for his inventive and eclectic use of music, disdain for the boundaries of the film frame, and meticulous working methods.

Celebrated pioneer of animation techniques including stop motion and drawing directly onto celluloid. McLaren was put on the staff of the British GPO Film Unit by John Grierson in 1937 and followed Grierson to Canada in 1941. Working under the auspices of the National Film Board, he produced several outstanding works which pushed Len Lye's approach of drawing directly onto celluloid into new and breathtaking dimensions. McLaren was noted for his inventive and eclectic use of music, disdain for the boundaries of the film frame, and meticulous working methods.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Synchromy (1971) Director
3.
  Neighbours (1952)
4.
  Begone Dull Care (1949) Director
5.
  Stars and Stripes (1949) Director
6.
  Fiddle-De-Dee (1947) Director
7.
  Chairy Tale, A (1957) Director
8.
  Blinkety Blank (1955) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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1934:
Began film career
1936:
Worked as a cameraman in Spain during the Civil War
1939:
Moved to USA and settled in NYC
1941:
Immigrated to Canada and joined the National Film Board
1941:
First film produced under the auspices of the National Film Board, "V for Victory"
1951:
Made two 3-D films, "Around Is Around" and "Now Is the Time"
1952:
Won an Academy Award for the documentary short subject "Neighbours"; also nominated as Best Short Subject (One Reel)
1957:
Received an Oscar nomination for the live-action short, "A Chairy Tale"
1960:
Appeared in his own film "Opening Speech: McLaren"
1983:
Last film with composer and frequent collaborator Maurice Blackburn "Narcissus"
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Education

Glasgow School of Art: - 1932 - 1933

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