Arts, Culture and Recreation

Many NFB documentaries celebrate the vision and innovation of Canadian artists. Others demonstrate how our pastimes reflect our cultural values.


Boy Meets Band

Boy Meets Band 1

Canadian Landscape

Canadian Landscape 1


Earthware 1


Kubota 1

Pen Point Percussion

Pen Point Percussion 1

Snow Dream

Snow Dream 1

Snow Dream 2

Pen Point Percussion

1951, Director: Norman McLaren

      1 min 49 s


Questions 1. Norman McLaren was an internationally renowned animator and the founder of the NFB's famous animation department. This documentary shows him at work on one of his many innovations. How does McLaren combine art and technology?

2. A strength of documentary is that it shows things that are otherwise difficult—or impossible—to see. How does this apply here?

About This Film

Short Description

Norman McLaren demonstrates how sounds work on a film's soundtrack and what synthetic sounds sound like when drawn directly on film.

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