Poulette Grise Test was a technical experiment carried out by Norman McLaren and collaborator Evelyn Lambart at The National Film Board of Canada in 1946. The 3 minute and 44 second film consists of a tightly framed maquette of a dark bedroom where a series of ghostly apparitions of chickens eerily undulate within the set. The animators were testing out a technique for a vignette in a series of animated francophone folk songs.
The experiment which consisted of projecting still images onto moving surfaces within a three-dimensional set did not provide them with the results they were looking for – the technique was never used. My experiments here are based on this technique tested out by these animators over 65 years ago.