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Creator Q&A: Anne Saint-Louis

1. What is your name, what do you do, and which film did you make?

Anne Saint-Louis, a freelance illustrator and animator. I made the film "Hole in One."

2. Give a brief history of your experience creating art and animation.

I was a very quiet child always drawing in the corner of a room (mostly horses and unicorns!). My dad was an engineer and would bring home huge piles of computer paper (the ones that had holes along the edges) so I could draw on the reverse side. I studied Fine Arts in University in Montreal (I wanted to be a painter). So I guess I was always interested in creating art. I got into motion graphics and animation much later in life though.

3. What inspired you to pick the story you chose? Was it original or an adaptation?

While exploring the NASA website, I found a sonification of a black hole. Basically, what a black hole would sound like… That was the initial inspiration!

4. What was your process for making your film?

I did not have a lot of time to make it so I was OK with images looking a bit rough. I decided to explore what I could do with Procreate and cel animation. These experiments ended up being the “visions” in the story.

5. How long did it take to make?

This took me two weeks! No time for procrastination: I’m happy the result is not a complete mess!

6. How experienced were you with narrative and story-based projects before

making your short?

I made a short last year with Sara Wade. This was my second time.

7. What was the easiest part?

Figuring out all of the weird creatures for the visions!

8. What was the hardest part?

Transitioning from the space ship part of the story to the weird “inside the black hole” universe… I wanted the whole look to be cohesive but also have different feels for each part.

9. What was your favorite part?

I like when the alarm goes off and camera moves from hands to back of head to black hole. Also the strange heads spinning at the end!

10. Do you have words of wisdom for anyone who might want to create an animated short of their own?

When you feel like giving up, don’t!

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