CANADA 150 - JANET PERLMAN
Celebrating Independent Animation in Canada
December 9, 2017
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In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Spark CG Society is hosting a Special Series of monthly talks celebrating Independent Animation in Canada. Please join us as we celebrate Canadian animation.
Saturday - December 9, 1:30 PM
BREAKING OUT OF THE CEL. JANET PERLMAN RELEASED.
moderator: David Fine with Janet Perlman
Vancouver Film School
420 Homer St (@ West Hastings St)
Janet Perlman has carved out an impressive career in animated shorts, television commercials, educational films and children’s books. Alongside her independent work, her NFB films have earned international acclaim, including an Oscar nomination for The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin. Perlman’s films are humourously funny, and yet, always convey a message. Animation has allowed Janet to incorporate all her artistic musings, drawing, storytelling and humour, dance and movement and music together. Entertaining and educational, these are the qualities that are equally important to Perlman and found in her many films.
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David Fine is an Oscar-winning filmmaker who works in Vancouver with his partner, Alison Snowden. Together they have written, directed and created award-winning animated TV shows and short films, including the Oscar-winning short film, Bob’s Birthday and the acclaimed TV series, Bob and Margaret, the highest-rated Canadian-made animation series ever!
David was born and raised in Toronto, and is still a Leaf fan. He studied film in the UK at The National Film & Television School where he met his wife and creative partner, Alison. They have been collaborating ever since.
Their films have won numerous international awards and nominations including awards at Annecy, Ottawa, Chicago, Zagreb, Canadian Genies, BAFTA nominations and two more Oscar nominations. They also created 52 episodes of the kids series, Ricky Sprocket Showbiz Boy for Nickelodeon and Teletoon.
David and Alison have also directed numerous animated TV commercials as well as developed and written for other productions, including the award-winning UK series Peppa Pig. They co-developed the series Shaun the Sheep for Aardman Animations. David and Alison have also written and directed live-action short films and documentaries.
They are currently near completion on their latest short animated film, Animal Behaviour, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Animal Behaviour is a 2d-drawn animation film, produced using 2d animation software. The film is about a group therapy session, with animals.
Director, Animator, Writer
Janet Perlman is an independent animation director whose absurdist sense of humour is evident in her films The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin, Why Me?, My Favorite Things That I Love, and Sorry Film Not Ready.
She has directed segments for Sesame Street, contributed to group films including Marv Newland’s Anijam and Pink Komkommer, and created the TV special Penguins Behind Bars, a parody of “women in prison” films.
For the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), she developed the ShowPeace series on conflict resolution, which includes her films Dinner for Two and Bully Dance. For the past several years, she has been mostly working with the NFB’s French Animation Studio as a director and animator. Her most recent work there is the ten-minute film Monsieur Pug, and animation for two Diane Obomsawin’s I Like Girls (J’aime les filles), and Zviane’s La pureté de l’enfance. She is currently in development of a short musical film about animated princesses.
Her latest independent film, Let’s Play Like It’s 1949, is a satire that combines animation with archival educational footage. It is part of a series of shorts for which she is seeking funding. Her recent work also includes an animation sequence for Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses.
Among her awards are an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short, an Emmy Award, and many festival grand prizes. Perlman has taught animation at Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design and Concordia University, and has written and illustrated four children’s books.
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