Canada's NFB releases McLaren's Workshop for iPad, lets you watch and create animated films

The National Film Board of Canada already has a few apps to its name, in addition to some other innovative internet-based efforts, and it's now branched out even further with a full-fledged filmmaking app. Now available for the iPad, McLaren's Workshop is a tribute of sorts to the work of animation pioneer Norman McLaren, known for the likes of Neighbours and Blinkity Blank. Not only does it let you watch 51 of McLaren's short films and 11 documentaries about him, but it provides the tools necessary for you to create your own animated films using three of the techniques he's known for (which you can then share on Vimeo). All that can be done for free, while two additional workshops available in the app will cost you $2.99 apiece. Head on past the break for a look at the app itself and some films created with it that were commissioned by the NFB.