Artist - Hilary Moses

My name is Hilary Moses I am a co-director of Fantastic Cat Productions based out of Vancouver, BC. I create animations, designs and motion graphics for documentaries, interactive exhibitions and theatre, feature films, video games, and commercials. I studied art in London, England in the early 90’s and am a traditional 2D animator. I am also an animation instructor at Emily Carr and Capilano Universities.

What part of Canada are you from Hilary?
I am originally from Vancouver, BC but my Dad joined the foreign service when I was 9 so I spent a lot of my childhood living in different parts of the world.

What inspired you to create animation?
I have always loved illustration and wanted to learn some technical skills at an art school so I ended up in animation. I think it’s the combination of art, movement and storytelling that I find so satisfying. That said, like most animators, I think it’s a love -hate relationship!

How would you describe your artistic style?
I am a pretty old school style of 2D animator – lots of in-betweens and a focus on character acting and story.

Production Still from "Creamers"

Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no one has seen before?
So much of the work I do is for commercials or other productions so most of it has been seen. The crowdsourcing campaign I did last year for my film "Creamers" has meant that I have been putting a lot of art online…But this is kind of what my days are like at the moment – art imitating life –does that count?

What role do you play in the creation of animation?
I started out as an inbetweener and then became an assistant animator. I moved on to FX animation and character animation from there. 

I have done most things now – storyboarding, designing and directing for both commercial and independent productions. I like animating the best I think – but these days there are not many juicy 2D character animation gigs.


What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
"The Thief and the Cobbler" by Richard Williams – madness but there has never been or will be anything like it.

What project are you working on now?
My own film – "Creamers".  It’s a 14 minute 2D short animated and painted in TV Paint – my favourite animation software.

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
I have lots, but a few notables are:
Frederic Back – "The Man Who Planted Trees" has got to be one of the most perfect films ever made
Eugene Fedorenko – "Every Child" is still funny and totally timeless
Amanda and Wendy Tilby – "Wild Life" is a gem

What is one of your favourite animation books?
Animator’s Survival Kit - Richard Williams.
Despite all the reams of stuff about walks, there are so many great nuggets in this book. I continue to learn from it.

2D and Beyond -  Jayne Pilling
Bought this years ago in the MOMI in London. It is such a great collection of different kinds of animation and the process that goes in to making them – both experimental and commercial 

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
There are so many great animators and filmmakers out there, so it’s impossible to really say, but Tor Aunet is a recent grad from Emily Carr and his grad film was fantastic. Seeing how funny and original his first film was I am sure he will do something interesting in the future.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
I have been involved with ASIFA and Women in Animation in the past – not so much lately – most of the stuff is online and I am so busy drawing and teaching that I don’t have a huge amount of spare time. I would like to be more involved and hoping that will happen once my film is done.

To see more work from Hilary,  check out the links below

Company Website

Creamers Film Blog

Creamers Kickstarter Campaign