L’ILLUSIONNISTE (The Illusionist) Movie Photos and Featurette Video
Check out some photos and a featurette video of Sylvain Chomet’s new animation film, L’ILLUSIONNISTE (The Illusionist), which was written by Jacques Tati before he passed away.
L’Illusionniste follows the story of an old illusionist, who loses his job at the theater and ends up working jobs in bars, cafes, here and there. Until one day he meets a young girl who will change his whole life.
In the video (thanks to Focus on Animation, but sorry it’s in French and there are no subtitles), we get to see the first footage from the film, which looks really beautiful. Director Sylvain Chomet talks about his approach with making the film and how they tried to make the main character look like Jacques Tati, but tried to stay away from making him look like Monsieur Hulot (a character he was famous for). It was important for him to give him the character a soul. Sylvain Chomet also talks about how he tried to find the magic that comes from colors and some of the colors he used were influenced by Scotland. He tried to used them to also reflect the changes that happen in the film. Finally, he talks about how his goal was to be able to tell a very intimate story between two characters without ever using close-ups.
Sylvain Chomet is known for his previous wonderful film, Les triplettes de Belleville, and it looks like L’Illusionniste will be as wonderful. The movie is scheduled to be released to theaters in France on May 5, 2010. So enjoy the video and you can check out more photos below.