Sylvain Chomet, director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature The Triplets of Belleville, is looking for a few good animators and other artists for his upcoming 2D feature, The Illusionist. In early January, Chomet’s Django Films will send assistant director Paul Dutton on a whirlwind recruitment tour of Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Copenhagen, the Animation Workshop in Viborg (Denmark), Stockholm and Oslo.
Not to be confused with the live-action Edward Norton feature of the same name, The Illusionist is being adapted by Chomet from an unproduced original script by legendary French comic Jacques Tati, who died in 1982. The star of the film will be an animated version of the late actor and director, who appeared in 15 films between 1932 and 1974.
Born in France, Chomet currently lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, where Django Films is based. He most recently wrote and directed a five-minute live-action piece for the collaborative feature film Paris Je T’aime The brainchild of Amelie producer Claudie Ossard, the film enlisted the talents of 20 internationally acclaimed directors, including Gus Van Sant, Tom Tyker, Walter Salles, Alfonso Cuaron, Alexander Payne, Wes Craven and Joel and Ethan Coen.
To find out how to arrange an appointment to show Dutton your portfolio in one of the aforementioned cities, go to www.djangofilms.co.uk.