Creative Process: Norman Mclaren


Production Details

116 minutes, 1992

Norman McLaren was a cinematic genius who made films without cameras, and music without instruments. He produced sixty films in a stunning range of styles and techniques, collecting over 200 international awards, and world recognition. In CREATIVE PROCESS, director Donald McWilliams demystifies the process of artistic creation. Drawing on McLaren's private film vaults, a gold mine of experimental footage and uncompleted films, McWilliams explores McLaren's methods, including his celebrated "pixillation" technique, and his daring forays into animated surrealism. He reveals sources of McLaren's creativity and shows how they were transformed into cinema. This film is a unique examination of creativity - and a journey through McLaren's own extraordinary creative process.

Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)

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