Animation writer and Ottawa International Animation Festival programmer Chris Robinson sits down with a variety of animation types to fondle their minds through informal chats about animation, life and whatever else they feel like discussing.
In this second Pimpcast, Chris chats with Oscar-winning animation director Chris Landreth.
Chris Landreth is one of Canada’s most celebrated animation directors and the creator of a style he calls “psychorealism.” Landreth studied theoretical and applied mechanics before taking up animation. His first short film, The Listener, was released in 1991. It was followed by the Oscar®-nominated The End (1995) and the Genie winner Bingo (1996). In 2004, the NFB released Landreth’s film Ryan, which won more than 60 awards, including the 2005 Academy Award for best animated short film, as well as prizes at Cannes and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Landreth’s animated short The Spine (2009) continued his exploration of the human psyche. It was nominated for a Genie and was named one of Canada’s top 10 films of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival. Striking a lighter tone than his earlier films, Subconscious Password continues to demonstrate his remarkable evolution as an artist. The film took the Grand Prix at last year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival and was shortlisted this year for the Oscar.