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Drawing machine used in the making of cameraless animation films.
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© 2005 NFB - Photo Sophie Quevillon
Norman McLaren demonstrates the drawing with pen and India ink directly on film stock.
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© 1963 NFB
 

Drawing Machine. - ca1960. - Steel, cork, flocked paper : 90 x 135 x 90 cm

Drawing machine used in the making of cameraless animation films. A prism and mirror are set up to reflect a shaded-off image of the image the artist has just drawn over the one he will draw next. An electric motor advances the film at variable speeds to view the results. The frame of the machine is metal, the work surface is made of cork covered with black flocked paper. Norman McLaren tested, adjusted, and used this machine from time to time over the years, but he was never satisfied with it.

Further information on the design and use of the prism-mirror arrangement is available in the brochure Cameraless Animation. The National Research Council of Canada worked with Norman McLaren to design the optics for this machine for the National Film Board of Canada.