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Alma Duncan (partial data)

Also known as: Alma Mary Duncan
Country: Canada
Born: 1917
Died: 2004

Films directed by Alma Duncan

Quotes about Alma Duncan

"Brimming over with ideas, two young Canadian film-makers, Alma Duncan and Babs McLaren, are on their way back to Ottawa to start their own production company. For the last four months, Alma and Babs have been on tour in Italy, France, Switzerland and Britain, absorbing tricks of the trade and technical hints they hope later to incorporate into their own productions. The two women, both in their early 30s, have a busy time ahead. Starting from scratch, they will rent and equip their own studios, make their own sets—and their own film stars. [...] Not for the versatile Alma and Babs the ordinary medium of live actors. Instead, the stars of their 10-minute animated films will be wooden puppets—carved and dressed with meticulous care by Alma herself."
-- Canadian Press (source)

"Today Miss [Audrey] McLaren and Miss [Alma] Duncan work in a small studio in central Ottawa. They still possess very little equipment. 'Our only important piece of equipment is an extremely good camera,' remarks Miss McLaren. 'We found we could economize on everything but that.' The partners are each responsible for specific areas of the firm's work. All camera work is done by Miss McLaren while the planning, art work and animation is handled by Miss Duncan. Both partners make the puppets, though Alma Duncan makes all the faces. For instance, to portray his different emotions, the hero of Kumak the Sleepy Hunter needed 30 different faces."
-- Dorothy Harley (source)

For QUOTES about a specific film by Alma Duncan, please see:   Folksong Fantasy    Kumak, the Sleepy Hunter    Friendly Interchange   

Notes about Alma Duncan


Bibliography for Alma Duncan

Section 1: Publications about Alma Duncan

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Section 2: Publications about the Films of Alma Duncan

Folksong Fantasy (1951)

Brief Sections of Dissertations

Kumak, the Sleepy Hunter (1953)

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Brief Sections of Dissertations

Hearts and Soles (1956)

Brief Sections of Dissertations

Friendly Interchange (1959)

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Brief Sections of Dissertations

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