freelance animator. She graduated from the Film Animation
program at Concordia University in 2010 and has been involved
in several stop motion projects ever since. She collaborates
with other artists on short films, music videos and on feature
including puppet and object animation, pixilation, scratch on
film and hand drawn animation. She is particularly interested
in playing with the boundaries between narrative storytelling
and experimental filmmaking. Memory, childhood, identity and
questions concerning perception are some of her favorite
Marie Valade – 2012 Demo Reel
What part of Canada are you from Marie?
I am from Montréal, Québec.
What role do you play in the creation of animation?
animation, and depending on the project, I can be helpful on
the costume and armature making, the sets and props and on the
Animating on “The Wanted 18” – A documentary directed by
Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan
La famille Sac à Papier – A short film directed by
What is one project that you are proud to have been involved
create a project at the NFB and I can only dream to go back some day. It
is truly a great place to learn and collaborate with other
artists, talented producers and technicians.
Marie Valade’s NFB Hothouse film, “Interoculus”
What inspired you to create animation?
I saw some NFB short films and Wallace and Gromit on
television. I created my first animation with my dad when I was
about 12 years old, but as school went on, I forgot about
animation for a while. I was good in science but still always
had a taste for arts since I was going to F.A.C.E., an
art-oriented school. In CEGEP, I did a double DEC in science
and art, still unable to choose between the two. After that, I
finally remembered my love for animation and realized it was a
perfect field to blend all my interests. My rigorous and
instinctive sides are now happily fulfilled!
Marie animating on “La Mal Lunée” – A music video from Sarah
Toussaint- Léveillé directed by Tristan Corbeil
“Holga et moi” – A plastic photographic camera was used
to create some images
“Holga et moi” – Some scratch on film was integrated in
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
enjoy following the work of Theodore Ushev. He was born in Bulgaria and
worked as a poster and graphic designer. I really like how he
reuses his artistic influences, like Russian constructivism, in
motion in his own films.
What is one of your favourite animation books?
“Le langage des lignes” (1995) from Marcel Jean is a
theoretical book about animation that I always come back to. It
covers a big part of the history of animation in a condensed
way and it really highlights what is specific about animation
and that gives it such an interesting reflection on reality.
Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone
should check out?
the work of Frédérick Tremblay, it is truly fascinating. He
uses puppets in such a special way and makes almost everything
alone. There are also similar elements going throughout his
productions that tie them together in an interesting and
Links to three of his films:
“Le Tiroir et le Corbeau”
Are you involved with any animation organizations in
am starting to get more and more involved in the organization
of this great stop motion celebration. Can’t wait for the
7th edition next year!
During your work in animation have you won any awards?
I won the Norman McLaren award, a prize for exceptional
contribution in animation in 2010. In 2009, I won the “Prix de
la relève en cinéma d’animation de la Cinémathèque québécoise”
and in 2008, the Sandra and Leo Kolber Scholarship in