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René Jodoin, animator,

B: December 30, 1920 in Hull, Québec
D: January 22, 2015 in Montréal, Québec

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
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Alouette (1944, short, co-directed with Norman McLaren)

The Standard Range Approach (documentary, 1957, short)
The Jet Beacon LetDown (documentary, 1957, short)
The Automatic Radio Compass: Part II documentary, 1957, short)
Remain VFR (1958, short)

An Introduction to Jet Motors (documentary, 1960, short)
An Introduction to I.F.F. (documentary, 1960, short)
Propagation (documentary, 1960, short)
Julie, Part 3: Water Conditions (documentary, 1960, short)
Directivity (documentary, 1960, short)
Bandwidth (documentary, 1960, short)
Danse carrée (1961, short)
Notes on a Triangle (1966, short)
Spheres (1969, short)

Rectangle & Rectangles (1984, short)
A Matter of Form (1984, short)

Credits as an Animator:
Alouette (1944)
Let’s All Sing Together No. 1 (1944, short)
Let’s All Sing Together No. 2 (1944, short)
Let’s All Sing Together No. 3 (1945, short)
Let’s All Sing Together No. 6 (1945, short)

The Automatic Radio Compass: Part II (documentary, 1957, short)
Aural Null (documentary, 1957, short)
Remain VFR (1958, short)

The Global Struggle for Food (documentary, 1961, short)
Snow (documentary, 1961, short)
People by the Billions (documentary, 1961, short)
Man and His Resources (documentary, 1961, short)
Danse carrée (documentary, 1961, short)
Challenge to Mankind (documentary, 1961, short)
Can the Earth Provide? (documentary, 1961, short)
IFF Mark 10: Selective Identification Feature (documentary, 1963, short)
Notes on a Triangle (1966, short)
Spheres (1969, short)

Rectangle & Rectangles (1984, short)