I specialize in stop motion animation and have been working as an animator for 10 years and teaching animation for the past 6. As an animator I have worked on TV series including CBC Television’s POKO and What it’s like Being Alone and Dragon, a TV series for pre-schoolers produced in Frankfurt, Germany. In Montréal, I have worked on both commercial and independent films as an animation director and technical consultant. I have also created shorts independently and for the National Film Board of Canada. My film Out of the Weeping Web (2007), produced with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the NFB, and a Technicolor grant, has screened internationally. I have also worked in post-production as an animation stand technician both for the NFB and in the private sector. I have taught animation classes for Montréal’s French and English school boards and animation workshops for students of all ages.
I make animated films that celebrate the magic of the form as it describes a moment, story, or experience. My films combine image and sound to create animation that can be as playful as it is poignant, often embodying both qualities at once. Attention to detail and discovering the beauty in the small things in life has been a constant concern in my work. I view animation as a portal into the buried or missed moments in our lives. It is a wonderfully expressive medium capable of building discourse on subjects and experiences that otherwise might never have been communicated.
With students, my approach is to try to demystify the process of making an animated film and help students realize their vision in a short animated film. I start with an introduction to the fundamental principles and different types of animation. Students work in small groups (3–4) to create a short film. First we discuss possible subjects, and then each group works on a storyboard (a “map” of the film they will make). Students create characters and background and we then film the work. Once all footage has been captured we edit, do the titles, and create a soundtrack. Other elements can be added to the program, such as drawing directly on film and animating the human body (pixilation).
I walk students through the process of making an animated film, first by explaining the basics of creating movement frame-by-frame and then by describing how to achieve greater control of what appears on the screen. The program teaches organizational skills without placing constraints on participants’ imaginations. It combines storytelling, graphic arts, and technology.
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