Norman McLaren (1914-1987) continues to intrigue me. I saw this video for the first time the other day and found it inspiring in terms of thinking about sound in relation to animation. This video very directly brings visuals and audio together by depicting a musical canon.
The structure of the film made me think again of Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet. Probably just because it is in three parts but I like the way both films have been organised. The ballet is in three parts which is based on the idea of the trinity and each section has a very thought out colour scheme and feeling to it. Schlemmer was trying to push the human form as far as possible into becoming a marionette and the people in Mclaren’s video in the final section have a similar quality. Although they have more individuality than the Bauhaus human Marionette’s, they are all dressed the same and it is more about the shapes they are making and the overall choreography and representation of the canon that they are depicting. The abstraction of the human form allows us to engage in a different way and see the people as a part of the whole composition of the video, with the background and colour etc, not the main focus/protagonist.
Schlemmer was thinking about this idea of placing the human form in space. This is something Maryclare has helped us think about during our drawing trips to the British museum and waterloo station. I found in really helpful to have the challenge of drawing large spaces with one object or character in mind so you situate them in an environment. Here some of my drawings from those trips:
At Waterloo station, my object that i drew from various perspectives was the clock.
I tried some straight ahead animation the other day:
Our deadline for Uni 1 was today. Here are some drawings of my dog for the creature research.