Artist - Marie Valade

Marie Valade is an emerging filmmaker and freelance animator. She graduated from the Film Animation program at Concordia University in 2010 and has been involved in several stop motion projects ever since. She collaborates with other artists on short films, music videos and on feature films.

In her work, she uses traditional animation techniques including puppet and object animation, pixilation, scratch on film and hand drawn animation. She is particularly interested in playing with the boundaries between narrative storytelling and experimental filmmaking. Memory, childhood, identity and questions concerning perception are some of her favorite themes.

Marie Valade - 2012 Demo Reel

Marie Valade Demo 2012 from Marie Valade on Vimeo.

What part of Canada are you from Marie?

I am from Montréal, Québec.

What role do you play in the creation of animation?

When working for others, I usually create stop motion animation, and depending on the project, I can be helpful on the costume and armature making, the sets and props and on the storyboard.

Animating on "The Wanted 18" - A documentary directed by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan

La famille Sac à Papier - A short film directed by Patrick Péris

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?

I am particularly proud to have been part of the Hothouse program in 2010. I have always dreamed to create a project at the NFB and I can only dream to go back some day. It is truly a great place to learn and collaborate with other artists, talented producers and technicians.

Marie Valade's NFB Hothouse film, "Interoculus"

What inspired you to create animation?

I remember as a child being really amazed by animation. I think I saw some NFB short films and Wallace and Gromit on television. I created my first animation with my dad when I was about 12 years old, but as school went on, I forgot about animation for a while. I was good in science but still always had a taste for arts since I was going to F.A.C.E., an art-oriented school. In CEGEP, I did a double DEC in science and art, still unable to choose between the two. After that, I finally remembered my love for animation and realized it was a perfect field to blend all my interests. My rigorous and instinctive sides are now happily fulfilled!

Marie animating on "La Mal Lunée" - A music video from Sarah Toussaint- Léveillé directed by Tristan Corbeil Lapointe
"Holga et moi" - A plastic photographic camera was used to create some images

"Holga et moi" - Some scratch on film was integrated in the project

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?

There are many good Canadian animators, but I must say I always enjoy following the work of Theodore Ushev. He was born in Bulgaria and worked as a poster and graphic designer. I really like how he reuses his artistic influences, like Russian constructivism, in motion in his own films.

What is one of your favourite animation books?

"Le langage des lignes" (1995) from Marcel Jean is a theoretical book about animation that I always come back to. It covers a big part of the history of animation in a condensed way and it really highlights what is specific about animation and that gives it such an interesting reflection on reality.

Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out?

He is probably more than up-and-coming, but if you haven’t seen the work of Frédérick Tremblay, it is truly fascinating. He uses puppets in such a special way and makes almost everything alone. There are also similar elements going throughout his productions that tie them together in an interesting and intriguing way.

Links to three of his films:
   "Le Tiroir et le Corbeau"
   "Blanche Fraise"

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?

I started doing some work for the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival last year and I am starting to get more and more involved in the organization of this great stop motion celebration. Can’t wait for the 7th edition next year!

During your work in animation have you won any awards?

I won the Norman McLaren award, a prize for exceptional contribution in animation in 2010. In 2009, I won the “Prix de la relève en cinéma d’animation de la Cinémathèque québécoise” and in 2008, the Sandra and Leo Kolber Scholarship in Animation.