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