Frédéric Back first began doing occasional bits of animation for Radio-Canada in 1954. These animated sequences for television were created under very rudimentary conditions, using outdated equipment-at a time when magnificent animated films were being produced in Ottawa at the National Film Board of Canada, under optimal conditions in terms of time and equipment. Rivalling these world-renowned works seemed a faint hope indeed.
Interview with Madeleine Poulin in which Frédéric Back discusses the difference between illustration and animation.
In the 1960s, Hubert Tison, a talented animator, convinced management at Radio-Canada to form an animation studio where artists could devote themselves to the medium full-time. Frédéric Back joined the unit, hoping one day to make short films based on his own scripts. In 1970, Tison approached the head of youth programming with an idea for an international exchange through which short films could be made at a very reasonable cost. The scheme was given the green light, and the studio was commissioned to produce a 10-minute film within a fairly tight deadline.
Interview with Madeleine Poulin.
Frédéric Back explains his animation techniques.