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National Film Board of Canada Launches McLaren’s Workshop iPad App

by on June 6th, 2013

The National Film Board (NFB) of Canada has launched a free iPad app–McLaren’s Workshop–to showcase 51 Norman McLaren films and documentaries and also enable users to create their own animations using the well-known filmmakers’s techniques.

KEY FEATURES
-WATCH 51 films by Norman McLaren.
-WATCH 11 short documentaries on Norman McLaren and his work.
-WATCH LATER – Store films for up to 48 hours of off-line viewing.
-MAKE YOUR OWN ANIMATION with the PAPER CUT-OUTS Workshop.
-DRAW DIRECTLY ONTO FILM FRAMES with the SCRATCH ON FILM Workshop.
-CREATE A MOVIE & SOUNDTRACK with the SYTHETIC SOUND Workshop.
-READ an exclusive essay on McLaren’s works by Don McWilliams.
-DISCOVER McLaren’s complete illustrated biography.

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The app is completely free and in-app purchases such as the Scratch on Film and Synthetic Sound Workshop ($2.99 each) allow users to get interactive and hands on with the film.

“The NFB continues to break new ground,” says Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada. “Staying true to McLaren’s creative spirit, this original app presents an exciting new challenge to artists who want to see how they measure up against the great master. It also gives a wider audience the chance to tell their stories as they explore the techniques McLaren invented. And for the first time, we’re launching a free app with the option to purchase other features—a way of ensuring maximum access to our innovations while testing new business models.”

Check out the trailer for the app below:

Click here to download McLaren’s Workshop for iPad–it’s free. Let us know how you like this!

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