Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dimanche (Sunday) (2011)

1 Nomination, 0 Wins

Nomination: Best Short Film, Animated - Patrick Doyon

It's hard not to be impressed by Patrick Doyon's labor of love "Dimanche."  Doyon told CTV News that he spent two years painstakingly animating the ten-minute short by hand, choosing the traditional method of animation while he studied computer animation.  The film was inspired by his childhood visits to visit his grandmother, and shows the imagination of a bored young child during such a visit.

If you grade "Dimance" on a curve, which seems reasonable due to the limited resources Doyon had available to him, it's an amazing achievement.  Compared to the other films nominated in the animated short category, however, it wasn't quite as creative or engaging, and though it is a charming film, I doubt I will remember much about it in a few weeks.  Still, Doyon is obviously an empathetic and thoughtful storyteller, and if he continues to hone his talents, he has the potential to be a unique and interesting maker of animated films.

Remaining: 3148 films, 872 Oscars, 5408 nominations

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