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Alain Boisvert

Cinema and video
Puppets and animation


Alain Boisvert

Artistic director of Le matou Noir, Alain Boisvert has been active both as a puppeteer and film animator since 1979. He has participated in many theatrical productions and worked on film productions in Québec and abroad, notably with the German television broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk, on the production Katze mit Hut. Since 2001, in collaboration with Montréal's CSDM and the Cinémathèque Québécoise at first, followed by the National Film Board, he has proposed the project: 0/24, l'imaginaire une seconde à la fois, an animated film workshop during which students produce a short movie.

Proposed approach and type of activities

0-24, Imagination one Second at a Time

The aim of the project: 0-24, Imagination one Second at a Time is to produce an animated film. The workshop is divided into three steps. Each step will lead to the final shooting of the film. The steps are as follows:

  • conceiving the script, characters and scenery;
  • building all the items needed for the film;
  • setting up a small studio and animating the characters.

The workshop will help students understand the complexity of artistic work and the importance of mastering technical know-how. Moreover, since the students all work on the same movie, they will be introduced to the importance of aesthetical unity in a collective work. In order to answer all questions and facilitate the process, a discussion forum will be put online and will be open to all participants. Once the film is completed, every student will receive a DVD.

The workshop takes place over several weeks. Four half-day workshops are followed by two days of shooting. During shooting, students will be in the studio 2 or 3 at a time. The rest of the class follows their normal school curriculum. All students will animate.

Examples of activities

One class will need a total of 5 days, and some work most be done between workshops.

Workshop 1 (1/2 day)

  • Project is explained. What is animation and how does it work? How to develop a structure from a synopsis

Workshop 2 (1/2 day)

  • The technical worksheet. The storyboard. Character and set design.

Workshop 3 (1/2 day)

  • One last look at the storyboard. Building characters and the scenery.

Workshop 4 (1/2 day)

  • Finishing up the production.

Workshop 5 and 6 (2 days)

  • Shooting of the film. A small studio is set up at school. A small room is needed for two days and must be reserved exclusively for the film.

Day 5

  • The editing of the movie is done outside the school. This aspect of the project is strictly technical and the editing is done according to the technical worksheet decided by the students. The class is not involved.

Special conditions

The school will pay for the cost of material (where applicable) and the purchase of CD-ROMs (max. $100 a day). The school will also provide a room for the artist on filming days. Equipment provided by the artist: Digital camera, professional software to produce the film, animation table, dolly, lighting and tripods, documents needed throughout the project.

For information

Alain Boisvert
Phone : 450 264-5656
Email :

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