Speakers at Animation 2002
Part of Animex, International Festival of Animation
Thursday January 31 - Friday February 1

PHIL TIPPETT

KEN BIELENBERG

BILL PLYMPTON

PAUL DRIESSEN

BARRY PURVES

ASTLEY BAKER

FRAMESTORE CFC

SLINKY PICTURES

ED HOOKS

COSGROVE HALL FILMS

PAUL DRIESSEN
After a training in graphic design and illustration at the Academy of Arts, Paul Driessen began animating TV-commercials in Holland.

In 1967 he worked in England on George Dunning's YELLOW SUBMARINE. Back in Holland, he made his first independent film, THE STORY OF LITTLE JOHN BAILEY (1970) with a subsidy from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

In 1970 Paul Driessen emigrated to Canada, where he collaborated on Gerald Potterton's feature-length film TIKI-TIKI and made his first films for the National Film Board of Canada. LE BLEU PERDU and AIR were both completed in 1972, followed by AU BOUT DU FIL (CAT'S CRADLE) in 1974 and UNE VIEILLE BOITE (AN OLD BOX) in 1975. In the meantime he worked as a designer / animator on Mike Mills' Christmas special THE HAPPY PRINCE and wrote and illustrated a children's book which was published in Holland.

He then returned to Holland and made DAVID, subsidized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and THE KILLING OF AN EGG, independently produced by Nico Crama. Both films premiered in 1977.

Back in Canada Paul Driessen was asked to make the opening title RESEAU SOLEIL for Radio-Canada. Subsequently, still in 1977 he set up LE REJETON, based on an outline from the Association of Mental Health. Martin Langlois directed and animated the film for the National Film Board.

In Holland Paul Driessen's work was exhibited in the Municipal Museum of The Hague. Settling down in The Hague he created the animated triptych ON LAND, AT SEA AND IN THE AIR, sponsored by the The Hague Film Foundation. It was completed in 1980, and won the Silver Bear at the 1981 International Film Festival of Berlin.

In between he wrote a script for a feature-length animated film ABOUT FROGS, and in 1979 he made JEU DE COUDES (ELBOWING) for Radio-Canada in Montreal.

HOME ON THE RAILS, a Dutch production, and UNE HISTOIRE COMME UNE AUTRE (THE SAME OLD STORY), made for the National Film Board of Canada, were both finished in the summer of 1981.

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