Artist – Janice Schulman

Janice Schulman is an
independent animator based in Toronto, Canada. She uses a
combination of traditional and digital techniques to create
short films, banner ads, bumpers, title sequences and explainer
videos. Janice’s films include: ‘The Ultra Violets’, ‘Nice
Jewish Boys’, and ‘Doodle du Jour’. Her work touches on themes
of love, sex, transformation and travel.

What inspired you to create animation?
Watching my older brother Steve make Super 8 movies with my
Barbie dolls. He had taken a workshop with Eugene Fedorenko
(director of Every Child and Village of Idiots), at the AGO.
Making flipbooks in elementary school also paved my way.

Still from “Nice Jewish Boys”

Poster – “Nice Jewish Boys”

Rough Storyboard for “Auto Dialer”

How would you describe your artistic style?
Organic, textured, experimental and quirky.

Still from “Doodle du Jour”
Pencil test and finished artwork from “What do Men
Want” for Cosmo TV

Can you share a piece of art work or script segment
that no one has seen before?


What role do you play in the creation of animation?
Writer, Director, Storyboard Artist, Animator, Editor, and
Sound Designer.

Storyboard for “The Belly Dancer”

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved

‘Almonds and Wine’ by Arnie Lipsey

‘The Sex Files’ for Discovery Channel Canada. I animated
about 100 bumpers during three seasons of the show.

What projects are you working on now?
I’m just finishing up an experimental short ‘Doodle du Jour’
and I’m in the planning stages for a new short called ‘a
dotty story’. Written and illustrated by my mother, it’s a
love story between a dot and a line.

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
Richard Condie… I love ‘The Big Snit’. Also friend and
mentor Jonathan Amitay.

What is one of your favourite animation

Animation Begins Where Live-Action Gives Up! By Kaj
(Amazon link says they don’t know when the book will be back
in stock)

Who is an up-and-coming or
relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should
check out?


Are you involved with any animation organizations in

TAIS (Toronto Animated
Image Society), TAAFI
(Toronto Animated Arts Festival International) and Animatic TO.

Have your films won any animation

‘Nice Jewish Boys’ screened in Buffalo, LA, and Jerusalem.

What are some of your animation milestones?
Getting to say thanks and reconnect with one of my favourite
Concordia animation profs 20 years later:
Lynn Smith
(Pearl’s Diner). She pulled some of my best
ideas out of me.
Having brunch with Gail Noonan (Your Name in
), at OIAF was also a treat.

Do you have links to other posts on the internet where you
were interviewed about your work in animation?

To see more work from Janice, check out the sites


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