A couple of years ago I was looking for my next job and I learned about The Illusionist being produced in Scotland at Django Films. I had been in talks with Disney about joining them again for Frog but they were taking too long to decide on a date or if I would be hired at all so I decided to send my reel to Django films to see if I could work on their film.
After a couple of weeks they contacted me saying that Sylvain Chomet had liked my reel and they offered me a job to animate on the film but I had to move to Scotland which I would, of course.
Well, now I had to decide what to do and was already set on to move to Scotland when Disney called with the official offer and a date to start. I ended up going back to Disney and I missed the opportunity to work on the beautiful The Illusionist.
I do not know the story, but what I have seen so far, visually, looks great, j ust like the kind of style I love.
I think this is a great way to do traditional animation, where you can really see the pencil strokes and the backgrounds have that great painterly look of watercolor with pencil details on top.
I can't wait to see this film and I know when I see it I will think "I was this close to be a part of this".
Congratulations to Sylvain Chomet, the director and all the animators , art director and everyone else involved in this beautiful film.