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Artist - Lillian Chan

Lillian Chan is a Toronto based animation filmmaker and designer.  She loves cats.

Lillian Chan

What part of Canada are you from Lillian?
Toronto, Ontario

What inspired you to create animation?
I've always loved animation, but drawing more specifically. I wanted to get into the most intensive post-secondary drawing program in the area, which turned out to be Sheridan College-- once i got started making my drawings move, I was hooked.

How would you describe your artistic style?
It's small and cute.
Still from "Jaime Lo, small and shy"

Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no one has seen before?
It's a concept for a short film I'm developing based on Nicky Teehan's song "Isobella Morris"

What roles do you play in the creation of animation?
I've been an animator, character designer, layout designer, art director, visual development designer.   Sometimes it's for larger productions or series work, but i've also done many smaller projects where I do a little of everything.  I'm also the resident tea maker on any production.

Lillian Working on Grand Budapest Hotel Artpiece for the Wild Wild Wes gallery exhibit at the Gladstone Hotel
Still from "Case of the Vanishing Honeybees"

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
My last short film was an educational video about the disappearance of honeybees - it was made for TED education, on a small budget, and with very little restrictions in terms of artistic direction.  Even though the turnaround was quick the final product was something I loved, and it was a great team to work with.

What project are you working on now?
I'm art directing on an independent feature with Les Films Outsiders.

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
The great Co Hoedeman.  He makes the sweetest stories and his characters are always filled with charm.  I'm not a stop-motion animator but seeing his films always makes me wish i was one.
What is one of your favourite animation books? 
Walt Stanchfield's collected notes (Drawn To Life vol 1&2) have always been a great resource for me.  It basically just reminds you for 300 pages to keep your drawings simple.

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
He's pretty famous now with his Oscar nomination in 2013, but I'm a huge fan of Patrick Doyon.  I also love Brandon Blommaert's crazy experimental work.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
I'm a member of Women In Animation.

Have your films won any animation awards/accolades?
My first professional film, "Jaime Lo, small and shy", won the Public Prize at OIAF, and Public Prize at Anima Mundi.
What are some of your animation milestones?
Definitely getting to work at the NFB on my own film.  Last year I ran a successful indiegogo campaign for an app called Ramen Party that is still in the works, but that was also memorable.

Ramen Party Music Video from Ramen Party on Vimeo.

Toymaker Keiley Stewart and Lillian posing with Mr. Ramen dolls for Lillian's "Ramen Party!" Indiegogo campaign

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