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Artist - Pierre M. Trudeau

Pierre M. Trudeau studied film animation at Concordia University in Montreal. He founded an independent company, Cine-Clic, to produce public interest advertising and has since directed some 15 animated shorts, including Last Call Blues (1985) and Buston Keater (1986). Winning the 1986-1987 Cinéaste recherché(e) competition gave him the opportunity to make his first film at the NFB. Kid Stuff (1990), a shattering look at domestic violence, revealed Trudeau's singular style and his talent for designing 3D puppets from construction paper. He went on to make two films in the Rights from the Heart collection for children, 1, 2, 3, Coco (1991) and Baroque’n Roll (1994), both using puppet animation. His films featuring a clockwork cuckoo, Cuckoo, Mr. Edgar! (1999) and Operation Cuckoo (2002), are two charming and amusing children's tales about the joys of fatherly love, made by computer animation. After a step in France on the short film Ruzz & Ben (Philippe Julien, 2004), Pierre M. Trudeau produced and directed Garbage Angels (2008), Triptych: Tripes, Entrails, Visceras (2012), and Raised to be Hero (2013). Pierre's latest film is A Taste Of Freedom - Free Jafar Pahani (2014), which he co-directed with Elene Dallaire.

Un combat mortel entre le bien et le mal. Mais quelle est l'origine du bien, quelle est la source du mal? Une confrontation entre deux techniques d'animation, le stop motion et la 3D. Un hommage aux films de kung-fu et aux westerns. 
A deadly struggle between good and evil. But what is the origin of good, what is the source of evil? A confrontation between two techniques: Stop motion and 3D. A tribute to kung-fu films and westerns.

What part of Canada are you from Pierre? 
Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, living in Lawrenceville, Quebec.

What inspires you to create animation? 
Sometimes music, but often it's an image, an ambiance, or a scene that has strong potential.  Those feelings and images often show up in the early stages of a work, and they will stay with me until the end -  even if the final look of the film has been significantly modified or transformed by the time the final film is complete.

Still from "Triptych"

Still from "Raised to be a Hero"

How would you describe your artistic style? 
Eclectic… I love animation, every style and technique, every type of story (narrative, non-narrative, abstract) and I want to explore all of them. I would also say that almost all of my work explores social interaction.

A trailer for the Montreal Stop Motion Festival Pierre co-directed with Luc Chamberland 

Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no one has seen before? 
An image from "Un gout de liberte / A Taste of Freedom" that will be screening for the first time at "Sommets de l'animation" in Montreal/Quebec.

Still from "Un gout de liberte / A Taste of Freedom"

What role do you play in the creation of animation? 
Director and animator.

What are a couple projects that you are proud to have been involved in? 
"Garbage Angels", my first independent short. "Bydlo", a masterpiece by Patrick Bouchard.

Still from "Garbage Angels"

Still from "Garbage Angels"

What project are you working on now? 
A very crazy short, with something I've never done before - a lot of singing and dancing. It needs a lot of work and money.

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators? 
Frédéric Back (The Man who Planted Trees)

What is one of your favourite animation books? 

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should check out? 
Frederic Tremblay, he has a unique style and ambiance. And the way he works, like a monk, he's completely dedicated to his work.

Princesse from Frederick Tremblay on Vimeo.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada? 

Have your films won any animation awards/accolades? 

Yes, for Garbage Angels:

• Best Canadian Short, Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival, Toronto, 2008.
• Nominated at the JUTRA Awards, Quebec 2009
• Prix Découverte, Festival du film sur l'environnement de Portneuf, 2009
• Reel Earth Award Best Animation, Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, New-Zealand, 2009
• Best Film - Jury Prize, Festival Folie-Ô-Skop, Rouyn-Noranda, 2009
• Ecology and Animation Award, Malescorto, Italia, 2009
• «  The Most Original Interpretation of Environmental Problems » award, Forteenth International Environmental Film Festival "Green Vision", St-Petersburg 2009.
•  Public Prize for short film in the category "Moderns Tales", Festival International du Film d'Animation "Les Nuits Magiques", Bègles (France)
• Best Animated Film, West Chester Film Festival 2010
• Honorable Mention XII FICA  - Best short film chosen by the jury for its graphic form and unusual approach to the problem of garbage. Brazil, 2010
• Special Mention of the international jury, ECOZINE Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente, Spain, 2010
• Prize "GREENSPIRIT ELECTROLUX" the best short on the theme of environmental sustainability, Maremetraggio,  Trieste, Italia, 2010
• Jury Special Mention, FINCA, “for the aesthetical, artistic and musical treatment of an inanimate, uninhabitable and desolate world where only remains to meditate on how far we are of this as a reality”. Buenos Aires, Argentina 2010

To see more work from Pierre M. Trudeau, check out his website


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