René Jodoin was born in Hull on December 30, 1920. After graduating from the École des beaux-arts in 1943, he joined the National Film Board, working with Norman McLaren in the Animation Section. Jodoin was among the first generation of filmmakers hired by McLaren at the NFB. Of all the filmmakers in the group, he is undoubtedly the one who was most influenced by McLaren. His flair for innovation and his artisan’s perception of animation were in keeping with the McLaren legacy. Jodoin directed a small number of films, his first being Alouette in 1944, which he co-directed with McLaren. In 1966, Jodoin founded the French Program animation studio which he headed until 1977. During that time, he brought together a team of young filmmakers. Taking his cue from his apprenticeship with McLaren, he encouraged experimentation, craftsmanship and diversity. Following his retirement from the NFB in 1985, René Jodoin began experimenting with filmmaking on his home computer. In 2001, the Government of Québec awarded him the Prix Albert Tessier, given to individuals with outstanding careers in Québec cinema. He produced 30 titles for the National Film Board. Following are his credits as a Director and animator.
Also see: René Jodoin: Philosopher Fonctionnaire
Features & TV Movies
Alouette (1944, short, co-directed with Norman McLaren)
The Standard Range Approach (documentary, 1957, short)
Credits as an Animator:
The Automatic Radio Compass: Part II (documentary, 1957, short)
The Global Struggle for Food (documentary, 1961, short)