02lyons Meet Oscar-Nominated Sylvain Chomet

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    In a small town not far from where we live, a small film club showed the twice Oscar-nominated French animation Les Triplettes de Belleville (aka Belleville Rendez-Vous or The Triplets of Belleville). But the special event was not the clubs 5th birthday, but that the film’s creator Sylvain Chomet was there to give a small presentation! It turns out he’s moved his studio from France to Edinburgh, and he himself has moved to a town just down the road from us.

    After the film, he gave a short talk about animation to the small audience, explaining where he got inspiration from, the process of animation and how he got started. He said animation was like cooking, you start of with loads of little bits and they go together to create something great and you get better and better until you become head-chef. Keeping with the metaphors, he said the creation process was like a bush: you find some wild berries that you pick but then you find a branch with bigger, juicier berries so you dump most of the old ones away.

    After the presentation, we got a chance to meet him in person. We didn’t speak long but we did get invited to see his studio in Edinburgh! I know he only does cell-mation, but it would be interesting to see how other forms of animation is done. Besides, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!



    That’s pretty awesome, congratulations. I’ve never seen that movie before so i’ll have to get ahold of it somehow.


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