Artist - Sol Friedman

Sol Friedman is an award-winning, self-taught animator and filmmaker based in Toronto.
His short films Junko’s Shamisen (2010), The Tragedy on Love Street (2011), A Message from your Robot President (2012), Love Songs from an Android (2012), Beasts in the Real World (2013) and Day 40 (2014) have played at the Toronto International Film Festival, Festival de Cannes (Short Film Corner), Slamdance, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, SXSW, Hawaii International Film Festival, Sprockets and over sixty other international film festivals worldwide. Sol has been an invited participant in the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, the TIFF Talent Lab, the TIFF Pitch This competition, and a panel speaker at a variety of film festivals at home and abroad.

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Beasts In the Real World from sol friedman on Vimeo.

What part of Canada are you from?
I am from Toronto, Ontario

What roles do you play in the creation of animation?
I’m a self-taught animator, so I mostly focus on my own projects. As a result, I have a
hand in every aspect of the final animation. Story, storyboarding, animatics, character
designs, animation, editing. I’m not really crazy about my Voice-over abilities, so that’s
one area that I leave to the professionals.

Noah and his Ark - Still from "Day 40" (2014)
What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
I am really proud of my most recent project, Day 40. I put more of myself into that work
than any other before. The characters are all taken from my drawing style and the
message is pretty close to my heart - Religion is nonsense.

God-Shit-Hat - Still from "Day 40" (2014)
What inspired you to create animation?
My first experience with animation was at the age of 8 years old at summer camp. We
spent a week working on a twenty second stop-motion piece. It was awful but a lot of fun.
I gave up on animation for many years after that, but rediscovered it in my twenties and
found it to be just as much fun as I remembered.

Food Fight - Still from "Beasts in the Real World" (2013)
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
I’m not a scholar of animation, Canadian or otherwise, but I did learn a lot about Norman
McLaren when I was younger and I really admire his experimental approach.

Ghosts and Skeleton Snacking - Still from "Beasts in the Real World" (2013)
What is one of your favourite animation books?
"The Animator's Survival Kit."

Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
Because I didn’t go to school for animation and I work independently, I don’t know too
many Canadian animators, but I’m friendly with Sam Chou and I really like the work that
he has been doing, so be sure to check him out.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
Not presently, but I’ve been connected with TAIS and am hoping to start getting involved
in their programming this fall.

and that’s when they saw the zombies - Still from "Day 40" (2014)
Have you won any animation awards?
I’ve won awards for my short films from a handful of festivals: Fantastic Fest, Toronto
After Dark, Atlantic Film Festival, etc.

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Day 40 - Trailer 2 from sol friedman on Vimeo.