Artist - Carla Veldman

I'm an animation filmmaker and stop-motion artist. Since graduating from Sheridan I've been working on both freelance and independent/collaborative projects. 

Animation Still from Carla's film "The Scarf"

What part of Canada are you from Carla? 
I hail from a small town in southern Ontario where we were blessed with one set of stoplights. These days I'm in Toronto.

What inspired you to create animation?
I grew up on classic Disney movies; it was magic. From a young age I knew I wanted to be an artist, but watching "The Prince of Egypt" in theatres in grade 6 did it for me - I was absolutely blown away and said "I have to get involved in this!"  

How would you describe your artistic style?
My style (be it drawn or stop-motion) tends to reflect a hand-crafted approach, and much of my inspiration comes from children's books illustrations. I particularly enjoy working in pen and watercolour. 

"Sketchbook Chickens"

"Puppet Work"

What role do you play in the creation of animation? 
I play a number and variety of roles, depending on the project. Within my own filmwork I'm the director, animator, editor, compositor, and soforth; I like the challenge and change-of-pace of the different tasks and it's satisfying to take an idea and see it through to the end. Outside of that I primarily do animation and stop-motion puppet/costume fabrication.

Work in progress shot from "The Scarf"

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in? 
Shortly after graduating I had the pleasure of working on a short stop-motion film with Kaj Pindal - "The Railway Steam Gallop". Kaj was a real delight to work with; a wealth of knowledge (animation, trains), humour, and stories!

"At work with Kaj Pindal on 'The Railway Steam Gallop'"

What project are you working on now? 
The main project I'm working on currently is a new short film, as well as a few non-animation art endeavours (right now, Christmas decor). 

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
(Just one?!) The Amanda Forbis/Wendy Tilby duo, Richard Condie, Patrick Doyon to name a few...

What is one of your favourite animation books?
Barry Purves' "Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance". An incredibly thorough and thoughtful book delving into all aspects of making stop-motion films - 'passion' sums it up well.

Amazon Link - Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should check out? 
Rosemary Travale! Her film The Champ is really great.

The Champ from Rosemary Travale on Vimeo.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada? 
Yep! I'm a member of the Toronto Animated Image Society and taught a puppet-making workshop there earlier this year. They have a fantastic studio space put together and are working on some pretty exciting initiatives.  

Have your films won any animation awards/accolades?
My graduate film 'The Scarf' won Best In Show at an ASIFA-Atlanta screening. That was a pleasant surprise - at the time  I wasn't even aware it had gotten into the film line-up. 
What are some of your animation milestones?
Discovering my grad film had pretty good festival legs, one of the fests being Annecy. Visiting Mackinnon & Saunders' studio in Manchester - they're extraordinarily talented and incredibly kind. More recently, receiving grants funding for my latest film. 

To see more work from Carla, check out these websites: