Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Oscar Nomination Sets Bar High for Montrealer's Second Film: Montreal Animator Pumped for Oscars

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Oscar Nomination Sets Bar High for Montrealer's Second Film: Montreal Animator Pumped for Oscars

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MONTREAL - Patrick Doyon is well aware of the implications of getting an Oscar nomination for his first professional film, "Sunday."

"It puts more pressure on me for the second one," he said with a grin in his Montreal studio before heading to Tinseltown.

"Sunday" is one of two National Film Board of Canada movies in contention in the best animated short film category, the other being "Wild Life," by fellow NFB animators Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.

A cold picked up during his last visit to Los Angeles doesn't dampen Doyon's enthusiasm at the thought of walking the fabled red carpet.

"It's very exciting," said Doyon, who screamed with joy as he watched the Oscar nominations being announced on the Internet with his girlfriend and daughter last month.

"It's a little bit intimidating because there are lots of stars there. But it's not a thing that happens often so I will try to appreciate each moment."

Now the soft-spoken filmmaker has been measured for a new suit and is doing the pre-Oscar rounds in Hollywood before the gold statues are handed out on Feb. 26.

The film is a charming tour through a child's imagination as he tries to cope with a numbingly boring Sunday visit to his grandparents with his parents.

"I wanted to tell a story about boredom without boring the audience," Doyon said. "But everything is exaggerated so it's not an autobiographical film."

Besides passing muster with the Oscar crowd, "Sunday" has also drawn accolades from a key audience -- Doyon's family.

"They were really happy about it," the 32-year-old said, pointing out they knew it didn't really reflect what he felt about those post-church visits to grandma's.

Unlike many animators today, Doyon chose to go the old-school route with the film; he painstakingly drew each of the frames himself rather than use a computer animation program.

"For me, it was a natural choice," said Doyon, who alternates between animation and doing illustrations for books and magazines.

He says he feels more natural working with pencil and paper because he's actually still learning how to do computer animation.

"It took me two years to do it," he said of the 10-minute film. …

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