Animation

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Synchromy

Watch 5 Mesmerizing Shorts Starring Geometric Shapes

Reviews

Although everyone agrees stories are nice, funky abstract films deserve a place in our hearts too. A case in point is these 5 geometry-inspired works by renowned NFB animators. Spanning nearly 4 decades and making use of vastly different techniques, these short films nevertheless have quite a lot in common. All are under 10 minutes. more »

Syrinx

Vimeo Exclusives | Discover 5 Little-Known Experimental Shorts

Dive in to the NFB’s exclusive collection of experimental short films hosted on Vimeo. These mind-bending films will leave you feeling exhilirated!

Hothouse 9

Hothouse 9 | Week 1 Recap: Intense and Amazing

Hothouse

* This post was written by Hothouse 9 intern Su-An Ng. It is so surreal being here in Montreal for the first time, working at the NFB and walking the same halls as so many great NFB animators have before. The atmosphere in the animation department feels open, supportive and genuine. Although everyone is passionately more »

Cordell Barker

(Relatively) Pain-Free Sketching

The Craft

Animator Cordell Barker returns for a quick post on the pains of sketching and the tablet apps that significantly lessen them.

Hot Stuff

Playing With Fire: Watch Zlatko Grgić’s Hot Stuff on NFB.ca

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Enjoy a hilarious reminder of the perils of playing with fire with this short cartoon by celebrated Croatian animator Zlatko Grgić.

Cordell Barker

How I Spent My Summer… Working

The Craft

I always seem to be working long hours during the summer months while everyone else seems to be living a life and embracing the heat. At least, that’s how I read it. It must be an immutable law of self-employment. This summer, I’m working on animation as usual, but this time on a very different more »

Paradise

Freedom Flyers: Ishu Patel’s Paradise

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Discover this richly-illustrated Ishu Patel animated short about birds, beauty, gilded captivity and the true cost of freedom.

Norman McLaren

Photo Friday | 20 Brilliant Pictures of Norman McLaren

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Norman McLaren (11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987) was a genius, an artisan and a magician. In 1941, the young Scottish-born animator moved to Canada at the invitation of the NFB’s first commissioner, John Grierson, who wanted him to open an animation studio and to train Canadian animators. The rest is history. Here in more »

Hothouse

Hothouse 9 | Meet Our 6 New Apprentices

Hothouse

This year’s Hothouse review team deliberated and debated 99 submissions from across the country, in the process also re-imagining the many permutations and understandings of what abstract art is and means to people. It was a challenge for the disparate group to agree on 6, but finally and unanimously it did. Herewith, the 6 participants more »

Mr Merglers Gift

Watch 4 Films About Kids and Music

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Everyone knows music is good for kids. Music helps children develop language skills, listening skills and even math skills. Music promotes children’s self-esteem, helps stimulate brain connections and relieves stress. Music also encourages creativity in children, and teaches them the virtues of hard work and discipline. All that goodness considered, it seems impossible that films more »

Big Drive

Top 7 Sizzling Summer Films for Youth

Education

To celebrate the arrival of summer, we’ve put together a list of 7 summer films that are guaranteed to educate and entertain young viewers as they try to keep cool during the summer heat. Perfect for the summer classroom, the poolside laptop or while chilling in the comfort of an air conditioned living room, these more »

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Make a Norman McLaren of Yourself with Our New iPad App

Yesterday, we launched McLaren’s Workshop, a nifty free iPad app aimed at making the world a bit less unfair. Because let’s be honest: life is terribly unfair. Most of us live lives of acceptable averageness, with some excellence thrown in (unsurpassed skill at assembling Ikea furniture, for instance, or best chili in town, or hula more »