McLaren’s Negatives

10 minutes, Color, 35mm. Film



An intimate look at cinematographic creation, this visual essay shares with us secrets of the legendary canadian animator Norman Mclaren and his personal view of filmmaking.

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Director’s Statement

To me, Norman Mclaren is the greatest film animator of all time.  Not only is his body of work rich and inspirational, it also shows a unique approach to filmmaking through visual and technical innovations.  My fascination for this master of animation has pushed me to make a short animated documentary film as an homage to his genius.

Recent News

McLaren’s Negatives wins JUTRA for best animated film!

McLaren’s Negatives wins JUTRA for best animated film!

McLaren’s Negatives hits 150 film festivals!

McLaren’s Negatives has been presented in over 150 film festivals and receives many awards!

Crossing Identities - Best of Animadoc at DoK Leipzig

McLaren’s Negatives will be screened as part of this special program. As the only festival in the world DOK Leipzig has continuously shown animated documentary films in its Animadoc programme for 15 years. We celebrate this anniversary with a brief historical journey through these…

Team and Credits

  • Producer, Director, Scriptwriter and Research
  • Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
  • Editing and Compositing
  • Kara Blake
  • Animations and Layouts
  • Brigitte Archambault
  • Artistic Director
  • Korbett Matthews
  • Model
  • Patrick Coutu
  • Post-Production Supervisor
  • Cliff Caines
  • Technical Coordinator
  • Marcus von Holtzendorff
  • Associate Producer
  • Sylvain Corbeil
  • Original Music
  • Adam O’Callaghan (Saxophone)
  • Dominique Côté (Drums)
  • Tyler Mauney (Bass)
  • Music Recording
  • Gilles Castilloux et Kees Dekker
  • Foley Recording
  • Jace Lasek
  • Sound Design
  • Hugo Brochu
  • Sound Mix
  • Serge Boivin
  • Dolby Sound Consultant
  • Steve F.B. Smith
  • Original Interviews of McLaren by
  • Steve Dale
  • Jorge Reyes
  • Anthony Kent
  • Magnus Isacsson
  • Peter Raymont


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Film Images

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MJSTP Films Inc would like to thank Donald McWilliams for his precious help with the making of this film.