Norman McLaren was born in Stirling, Scotland on April 11, 1914. He studied Interior Design at The Glasgow School of Art in the 1930s, where his interest in film began to grow. One of his short films was seen by documentary filmmaker John Grierson, who offered McLaren a position at the British General Post Office Film Unit in London, where he would remain from 1936-39. He briefly lived in New York City before immigrating to Canada in October 1941 to help Grierson at the newly founded National Film Board of Canada, and a year later, McLaren was asked to found the animation department. Up until his retirement from the National Film Board in 1983, McLaren created numerous innovative, influential, and award winning films. He passed away on January 26, 1987.
Norman McLaren is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Stephan Breuer