Artist - Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore has pursued the art of making paintings move since discovering animation while attending Emily Carr (while it was still an Institute) back in the year 2000. Since that fateful day she is has independently and diligently been trying to attain that elusive goal of making films that are experimental, yet entertaining, non commercial, yet do well on the festival circuit, and through all this somehow remain true to her own artistic sensibilities, and just maybe also retain some sanity at the end of the day as well.

popfini from Rachel Moore on Vimeo.

What part of Canada are you from Rachel?

The south part of Vancouver island just outside of Victoria.

What role do you play in the creation of animation?

I pretty much wear every hat except for Sound Designer/Music and Technical support in the process of making a film (Grant writer/ Web Designer/ Producer/ Animator/ Director/ Post Production/ Distribution). I am currently making an effort to find people to help out with the distribution, web design, and production.

A still from a short Rachel made for the NFB called "Jenny's Deli"

Rachel, representing her film at the Atlanta Film Festival

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

Every project comes with its own challenges and pleasant surprises. The latest project "Up in a Plane" was my most ambitious and I am currently sending it out to festivals.

Its a messy job but someone has to do it

What inspired you to create animation?

It was kind of an accident that I got into the animation program at Emily Carr. There were interviews for programs in the second year of school and if you were in a program then you didn't have to get on wait lists for the classes you wanted. I noticed that for programs the two hardest to get into were industrial design and animation. Since industrial design wasn't my thing I tried animation and got in.

Rachel's work setup for her last film, "Up in a Plane"

Still frame from "Up in a Plane"

Who are some of your favourite Canadian animators?

The amazing Tilby/Forbis duo. No explanation needed.

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

I really admire Elisa Chee, She is a graduate from Emily Carr as well. I recently ran into some work I thought was amazing online and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was someone I knew. Here is the link to her current website:

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?

No, though if I lived in Calgary I definitely would be with Quickdraw.

Have you won any animation awards with your films?

Best Animation, Honorable Mention, February 22-26, 2012/ Big Muddy Film Festival.
Best Experimental Short November 10-14, 2011/ Red Rock Film Festival.
The Icarus Award/Westfest, October 10-11, 2003. The Paramount Theater.
Best Student Film/Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival, February 7-16, 2003.
Best Painted/Drawn Animation/Motion Art Festival August 1-15, 2002.

Rachel Moore's Website

The Garden in Khorkom from Rachel Moore on Vimeo.