The Illusionist Nominated for 2011 Oscar!

Sylvain Chomet's 'The Illusionist', co-produced and animated by Dundee's Ink.digital, has been nominated for Best Animation at this year's Academy Awards.

Images: Pathé

Based on an unproduced script by Jacques Tati, 'The Illusionist' is set in Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, in the late 1950s and follows a Tati-esque character who travels to Scotland and meets a young girl who is convinced he is a real magician. The film opened the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival and has already won a host of awards, including Best Animated Feature at the 2010 European Film Awards, Best Animated Feature at the New York Film Critics Circle, and a Spotlight Award for Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati from the National Board of Review.

Chomet set up Django Films in Edinburgh as the head quarters of the project, and the production employed over 80 artists from all over the world, including animators from Dundee’s Ink.digital. Bob Last, founder and CEO of Ink.digital and producer of 'The Illusionist', kindly talked to NSSP member TayScreen ahead of the film’s Scottish premiere at EIFF last year, and said it had ‘always been very clear that Ink.digital would have a role to play’ in the creation of the film, and that he is ‘very pleased with the outcome’ and proud of the animators from the company, who are relatively young yet proved the wealth of talent in the area.

The awards will be announced on 27th February - so fingers crossed!

Click here for more information about 'The Illusionist', and click here to watch the trailer.

Click here for more information about Ink.digital.

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