Make a date to Animate – on an ipad at Animated Exeter 14

McLaren Workshops

I just made my first animated film in 20 minutes! Here’s a link to Flying Fish. It may be a bit wobbly but it was brilliant fun and I can’t wait to spend a few hours making something more beautiful. All I had to do was download this amazing app developed by the National Film Board of Canada for the iPad. 2014 is the centenary of the great animation pioneer, Norman McLaren and Animated Exeter is running two workshops explaining how to use this app to its full advantage. In this test, I just used my finger to draw the lines over the ghost lines of my previous drawings until I built up movement, coloured it in (easy) and posted it to YouTube – simple.  The workshops will allow you to further develop your own animation using Norman McLaren’s groundbreaking techniques.

Screen Shot

Why not download the app in advance of the workshop on the Animated Exeter website? The app allows you to create your own animations as well as watch 51 Norman McLaren films and 11 documentaries about his unique animation techniques.  If that doesn’t get you inspired I don’t know what will – what a delight.


The app includes a colourful collection of films to watch and start your ideas rolling.

There are three techniques to use on the app: paper cut out, etching and synthetic sound, all of which give demos to get you started. If you want to take them a bit further you can buy the extended version for a few pennies (69p or 99c), and bring out the animator within.

You can watch a hand-picked selection of  National Film Board of Canada films at the Phoenix on this Sataturday 15th at 11.30am -12.45, have a bit of lunch, then celebrate 75 years of NFBC excellence with Iain Gardner’s film illustrated talk at 2.30-4pm. The McLaren Workshops are being held at the Exeter Phoenix (see below). There are also plenty of other interesting animation workshops throughout the festitval.  

Date for McLaren Workshop is Thursday 20th February

10:00 am – 1.00 pm (7 – 12 years)

2.00 pm – 5:00 pm (12 – 17 years)


Level Beginner

Tickets must be booked at BOX OFFICE: 01392 667080


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