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Dreams Come True: A Sheldon Cohen Retrospective

2005 15 min
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Author Roch Carrier hosts this documentary retrospective of the work of animation director Sheldon Cohen. Carrier offers anecdotes and insight about Cohen's movies, created over the past 30 years at the National Film Board of Canada. Lively animation sequences created by Greg Houston as well as Cohen's illustrations offer lively visual counterpoint. There is emphasis on the art of making animation from children's books as Cohen's films are based on the works of celebrated authors from across Canada including: Roch Carrier's The Sweater; Wilma Riley's Pies; Dayal Kaur Khalsa's Snow Cat (adapted by author Tim Wynne-Jones) and Khalsa's I Want …

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Author Roch Carrier hosts this documentary retrospective of the work of animation director Sheldon Cohen. Carrier offers anecdotes and insight about Cohen's movies, created over the past 30 years at the National Film Board of Canada. Lively animation sequences created by Greg Houston as well as Cohen's illustrations offer lively visual counterpoint. There is emphasis on the art of making animation from children's books as Cohen's films are based on the works of celebrated authors from across Canada including: Roch Carrier's The Sweater; Wilma Riley's Pies; Dayal Kaur Khalsa's Snow Cat (adapted by author Tim Wynne-Jones) and Khalsa's I Want a Dog. Excerpts of these films are included in the documentary.
  • direction
    Sheldon Cohen
  • onscreen host
    Roch Carrier
  • Flash animation
    Gregory Houston
  • cinematography
    Éric Barbeau
  • lighting
    Éric Proulx
  • sound recording
    Jean-Paul Bataille
  • picture editing
    Sheldon Cohen
  • digital special effects
    Michel Pelland
  • editing assistance
    Michel Pelland
  • digital consultation
    Susan Gourley
  • additional effects
    Susan Gourley
  • music
    Normand Roger
  • sound design
    Normand Roger
  • theme for opening titles
    Zander Ary
  • song for end credits
    Linda Morrison
  • sound editing
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • final mix
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • on-line
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • production coordinator
    Elaine Largie
  • research
    Sylvia Mezei
  • rights clearances
    Sylvia Mezei
  • program administrator
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • production supervisor
    Richard Lesage
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Marcy Page

Education

Ages 12 to 17
Animation director Sheldon Cohen uses children’s books to create his films; identify some of the authors and stories he has chosen. Comment on the universal themes upon which these stories are based: alienation, prejudice, loss, perseverance and ingenuity. Discuss why we call these themes “universal.” Compare and contrast the written stories with Cohen’s animated versions, noting any differences and/or similarities. Does Cohen stay true to the original stories?
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