Artist - Paul Ullrich

I was raised in Queens, New York. I graduated from the High School of Art and Design and I am an honours graduate of the School of Visual Arts. For 14 years I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for the Winnipeg Free Press. I created the comic strip PEACHES, which was syndicated by the Copley News Service. For seven years I was the editorial cartoonist for four weekly Winnipeg newspapers and won a Canadian Community Newspaper Association Award for my editorial cartooning. I've won five awards for my animated cartoons. I've painted ten murals across the city for Take Pride Winnipeg. For five years I was a 2D animation instructor at the Applied Multimedia Training centre.

What part of Canada are you from?
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which has been my home for 39 years.

Paul Ullrich - Canadian Animator
What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
My animated short, "Love Means Never Asking you to Shave Your Legs". I wrote the lyrics on a dare from my wife for a local CBC radio Valentine's Day songwriting contest. It got picked as an alternate! Then I got someone to create a melody and record it. When I heard it, I knew that I had to animate it!

Stills from "Love Means Never Asking You to Shave Your Legs"

What inspired you to create animation?
I took two animation courses: One at the High School of Art and Design, and another at the School of Visual arts. I wasn't very good at it. 18 years later I took another course at the Winnipeg Film Group, and I got hooked.

Still From "The Bicycle Lesson"

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
It's got to be Cordell Barker (also a local Winnipegger).

What is one of your favourite animation books?
Richard William's "The Animator's Survival Kit". What great hints!

Who is an up and coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
Check out Jason Doll:

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
I was on the board of the Manitoba Society of Independent Animators, but that group folded 15 years ago.

Still from "Silence of the Lambs"



Silence of the Clams from Paul Ullrich on Vimeo.