Sunday, 15 November 2015

Autumn cheer

Take the next few minutes to sit back and enjoy Norman McLaren's 1949 classic piece of animation, 'Begone Dull Care'. A little like Stan Brakhage, who many of you will know about, McLaren's first forays into animation involved actually scratching and staining the film stock itself, to create very direct and technically simplistic animation.

Although his 1952 anti-war animation titled 'Neighbours' (featuring 'pixilation' - the use of live actors as stop motion elements) is probably the more famous of his works, I'm a big fan of the simple cheer provided by 'Begone Dull Care' in its abstract flowing colours and patterns, pulsating to the catchy and extraordinary keyboard skills of Oscar Peterson which it is set to. Enjoy.


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