Munro Ferguson
Award-winning Canadian Director and Animator

George Legrady Paula Levine Munro Ferguson Willy Le Maitre Steve Dietz Perry Hoberman JoAnn Kuchera-Morin Marten Berkman Sid Fels Ruben Moller Leila Sujir Maria Lantin Jaanis Garancs Henry Daniel Catherine Richards Glen Lowry Henry Tsang M. Simon Levin Alison Reiko Loader Open Ended Group

How to Revolutionize Cinema without Really Trying

Stereoscopic experimental filmmaking at the NFB began in the 1950's with two films made by Norman McLaren. This talk will examine the progress made since then within the context of the history of film experimentation and the course of technical development up to the present day. Several paradigm shifts in motion picture history will be compared: Cinema Verité, 3D, Multi-Screen and Large Format. We'll then look at some current projects, stereoscopic experimental animated films recently produced at the NFB including "June", "Tower Bower", "Drux Flux", "Terra" and "The Wobble Incident". We'll also screen some material films in production "Neuropolis" and (time permitting) some interesting tests. This will be followed by a discussion on the future of stereoscopic art and film and the possible role that art galleries and museums may play in a post-cinematic world.


Munro Ferguson was born in New York, 1960. He has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Since then he's been an experimental filmmaker, a syndicated cartoonist, a graphic designer, NFB animator and documentary director. He's been working stereoscopically since 1995 when he became in the development for IMAX of Sandde, a 3D hand-drawn animation system. Since then he's been involved in the creation of several stereoscopic films: "Paint Misbehavin'" (Animation, Art Director), "Falling in Love Again" (Director), "June" (Director) and "Facing Champlain" (Animation Director). Currently he is directing "Neuropolis", a 3D film about the brain.

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