Sylvain Chomet is a French comic writer, animator and film director.
Sylvain Chomet Works at Disney
The 25 minute short, called La vieille dame et les pigeons, eventually wound up nominated for Best Short Film Oscar within the animation category, though the film lost to a Pixar production entitled Geri’s Game. As a result of the movie’s notoriety, however, Chomet was invited to join the staff of Disney Animation Studio’s Toronto location. Unfortunately, Sylvain’s time at the Mouse House only furthered his belief that he should be working independently. In an interview with The Guardian, Sylvain remarked, "I learned an awful lot from [Disney] – how not to do it. The artists have no say any more. The suits decide everything now, and there are so many of them. It is like the dinosaurs, it has got too big and the brain is too small”" ( Nusair.about.com)
Chomet's next movie was the traditionally-animated feature film The Illusionist (L'Illusionniste), which premiered at the Berlinale in February 2010, after many delays (it was first planned for release in 2007) The Illusionist, like Chomet's previous work, has its roots in mid twentieth century popular French culture. It is based on an unproduced script that Jacques Tati had written in 1956 as a personal letter to his estranged eldest daughter, Chomet says that "Tati wanted to move from purely visual comedy and try an emotionally deeper story" and states that "It's not a romance, it’s more the relationship between a dad and a daughter". It cost an estimated £10 million to make, and was funded by Pathé Pictures. and stars an animated version of Tati himself. It was originally conceived by Tati as a journey of love and discovery that takes two characters across western Europe to Prague.