Arts, Culture and Recreation
Many NFB documentaries celebrate the vision and innovation of Canadian artists. Others demonstrate how our pastimes reflect our cultural values.
Pen Point Percussion
1951, Director: Norman McLaren
1 min 49 s
2. A strength of documentary is that it shows things that are otherwise difficult—or impossible—to see. How does this apply here?
Norman McLaren explains how he makes synthetic sound on film. With an oscilloscope he first demonstrates what familiar sounds look like on the screen; next, how sound shapes up on a film's sound track; and then what synthetic sounds sound like when drawn directly on film. This technique is also demonstrated in Dots and Loops.
Running Time: 5 min 58 s
Director Norman McLaren
Producer Norman McLaren, Tom Daly
Script and Text Donald Peters
Images Lorne C. Batchelor
Music Louis Applebaum
Producers National Film Board of Canada