Saturday, February 11, 2006

Sylvain Chomet

The winter blahs have set in and my sleep pattern is stuck in hibernation mode. So hopefully this makes up for the lack of posts this week. I found this excellent commercial of Today (a commercial for Winterthur insurance), via 'boards, done by none other than the King of caricature...Sylvain Chomet!!! He is the director of the multi-award winning film Triplets of Belleville. His upcoming film is the Illusionist and is based on a script from the late great Jaques Tati. It is another 'wordless' film that is set in Scotland and is about an aging magician (which will be an animated version of Tati) who cannot break the mystique of his craft to a befriended little girl. Here is some screenshots from Atomic Bear Press.
Wouldn't this have been a great thing to attend!!!! Aargh!! If anyone has any more info on what Chomet is up to these days...press the electric zapper on the HB hotline to start the salivation.

5 comments:

Das Brick said...

Yargh!! Nice scoop there, cub reporter!! I will be counting the days till this one hits the theaters!

jeff said...

Unfortunately, you will have to genetically modify your hands for many more fingers as the release date isn't until 2009! zoot alors

Anonymous said...

Since you asked... This is all speculation and none of this is 100% certain... I heard through the grapevine that he's having problems getting funding to make The Illusionist, despite all the press about it + he's having problems getting enough talented people willing to go to Edinburgh... Apparently it'll just be made on the cheap using students and shipped out to studios in London and Europe....

jeff said...

Thanx for the update! Hopefully, people will come to their senses and hand him gads of money!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm - I'm not sure its as simple as that... Read between the lines - there is a budget - funding is coming from both Britain, the US and France - maybe he just doesn't want to spend it all on the artists....

BUT what I'd love is as you say - for a feature to be made by him where people have the time to craft their scenes and make beautiful drawings move. AND that they are paid what they deserve and aren't being ripped off purely to just have the honour of working with him. Apparently the industry in the UK is VERY different to how we work here - its much smaller and the work much more sporadic. They don't have a proper union and as such do not have minimum wages and the artists in the 2D section are exploited to work for less as the companies prey on the lack of work. People would be gagging to work for Chomet if the opportunity came up - lets just hope they aren't screwed in the process.....