Artist - Janice Schulman

Janice Schulman is an independent animator based in Toronto, Canada. She uses a combination of traditional and digital techniques to create short films, banner ads, bumpers, title sequences and explainer videos. Janice’s films include: ‘The Ultra Violets’, ‘Nice Jewish Boys’, and ‘Doodle du Jour’. Her work touches on themes of love, sex, transformation and travel.

What part of Canada are you from Janice?
I grew up in the suburbs in North York, Ontario.

What inspired you to create animation?
Watching my older brother Steve make Super 8 movies with my Barbie dolls. He had taken a workshop with Eugene Fedorenko (director of Every Child and Village of Idiots), at the AGO. Making flipbooks in elementary school also paved my way.

Still from "Nice Jewish Boys"

Poster - "Nice Jewish Boys"

Rough Storyboard for "Auto Dialer"

How would you describe your artistic style?
Organic, textured, experimental and quirky.

Still from "Doodle du Jour"

Pencil test and finished artwork from "What do Men Want" for Cosmo TV

Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no one has seen before?

What role do you play in the creation of animation?
Writer, Director, Storyboard Artist, Animator, Editor, and Sound Designer.

Storyboard for "The Belly Dancer"

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
‘Almonds and Wine’ by Arnie Lipsey

‘The Sex Files’ for Discovery Channel Canada. I animated about 100 bumpers during three seasons of the show.

What projects are you working on now?
I’m just finishing up an experimental short ‘Doodle du Jour’ and I’m in the planning stages for a new short called ‘a dotty story’. Written and illustrated by my mother, it’s a love story between a dot and a line.

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
Richard Condie... I love ‘The Big Snit’. Also friend and mentor Jonathan Amitay.

What is one of your favourite animation books? 
Animation Begins Where Live-Action Gives Up! By Kaj Pindal
(Amazon link says they don’t know when the book will be back in stock)

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
Claire Bennett.

trailer 5 from claire ps bennett on Vimeo.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
TAIS (Toronto Animated Image Society), TAAFI (Toronto Animated Arts Festival International) and Animatic TO.

Have your films won any animation awards/accolades?
‘Nice Jewish Boys’ screened in Buffalo, LA, and Jerusalem.

What are some of your animation milestones?
Getting to say thanks and reconnect with one of my favourite Concordia animation profs 20 years later: Lynn Smith (Pearl’s Diner). She pulled some of my best ideas out of me.
Having brunch with Gail Noonan (Your Name in Cellulite), at OIAF was also a treat.

Do you have links to other posts on the internet where you were interviewed about your work in animation?

To see more work from Janice, check out the sites below.