It’s about another Kind of Life — An Interview with Caroline Leaf
Born in the United States and educated at Harvard University, famous Canadian animator Caroline Leaf started her career as an artist in the field of painting in the late 1960’s. In the early 1970’s, her teacher from Harvard, Derek Lamb, invited her to come to Canada and to make animated films for the National Film Board. Supported and protected by the Board, she started to develop a sand animation and made her films using that very original and complicated technique of shaping figures in sand and then animating them under the camera. Furthermore, in the film The Street she invented a permanently changeable background as a way to go from scene to scene. In 1992 she left the Film Board and dedicated herself to painting.
In this interview she talks about her career and ideas about animation, the atmosphere at the Board and her artistic life spent in a dark room tied to a camera.