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The Subject

2018 10 min
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The Subject engages the viewer in a uniquely visceral experience. Finely crafted objects and sounds create a tableau textured with myriad sensations, making this Patrick Bouchard’s most personal work to date.

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The Subject


An animator dissects his own body, extracting memories, emotions and fears that will nurture his work. As he cuts into his skin with a scalpel, various symbolic objects recalling his past emerge. Reaching the heart after cracking his ribs, he succeeds in identifying the burden he’s been dying to cast off.
  • writer
    Patrick Bouchard
  • animator
    Patrick Bouchard
  • director
    Patrick Bouchard
  • producer
    Julie Roy
  • sets
    Dany Boivin
  • props
    Dany Boivin
  • animation
    Pierre M. Trudeau
  • compositing
    Pierre M. Trudeau
  • off-line editing
    Sacha Ratcliffe
    Theodore Ushev
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • original music
    Patrick Bouchard
  • music director
    Philippe Brault
  • musician
    Patrick Bouchard
  • on-camera performer
    Patrick Bouchard
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley assistant
    Thomas Garant
  • sound recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • online editing
    Serge Verreault
  • titles
    Réjean Myette
  • technical direction
    Pierre Plouffe
  • technical coordination, animation
    Yannick Grandmont
  • technical coordination
    Jean-François Laprise
  • production coordination
    Michèle Labelle
  • administration
    Diane Régimbald
    Karine Desmeules
  • administrative assistant
    Diane Ayotte
  • rights clearances
    Sylvia Mezei
  • marketing manager
    Karine Sévigny
    Geneviève Bérard
  • publicist
    Nadine Viau

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