Jacques Drouin

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Jacques Drouin
Drouin at the Cinémathèque québécoise in 2017
Born28 May 1943
Mont-Joli, Quebec, Canada
Died28 August 2021 (aged 78)

Jacques Drouin (French: [ʒak dʁwɛ̃]; 28 May 1943[1] – 28 August 2021)[2] was a Canadian animator and director most known for his pinscreen animation.


Jacques Drouin was born in Mont-Joli, Quebec. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal for several years before leaving to study filmmaking at the UCLA in California.[3]

He first encountered the pinscreen at an animation exhibition in 1967. By the early 1970s, he was an apprentice at the National Film Board of Canada and experimenting with this unique form of animation. His first film, Three Exercises on Alexeieff's Pinscreen, was released in 1974.[3]

Until his death, Jacques Drouin continued making pinscreen animation films for the National Film Board of Canada, one of the only animators in the world to still use this difficult but rewarding process.[3] Some of his short films are available on NFB DVD collections, and a few are available online. His film, A Hunting Lesson, was included in the Animation Show of Shows.



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  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2006). Who's who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film & Television's Award-winning and Legendary Animators. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781557836717.
  2. ^ "Legendary NFB Pinscreen Animator Jacques Drouin Dies at 78".
  3. ^ a b c "Drouin, Jacques". NFB Profiles. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 19 July 2012.[permanent dead link]

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