Tuesday 16 July 2019

'It's part of our culture to be good at telling stories' - animator Louise Bagnall celebrating as Late Afternoon one step closer to Oscar

Scene from Late Afternoon by Cartoon Saloon
Scene from Late Afternoon by Cartoon Saloon
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

DUBLIN animator Louise Bagnall is one step closer to realising her Oscar dreams after her film made the initial shortlist for an Oscar nomination.

The 10-minute animation is one of ten films up for consideration for a nomination at the 2019 Academy Awards in the Best Animated Award category.

The film, Late Afternoon, tells the story of a lady who has dementia and drifts back through her memories which helps connect the past with the present.

It explores the idea of the inner experience that goes on in our minds that we don't always express.

Louise bagnall
Louise bagnall

Louise (33), who attended Alexandra College and went on to study animation at IADT, told the Diary that winning big at the Tribeca film festival in New York meant she knew her film would be among those considered for the short-list.

"It was mad - we knew they were going to be announced on Monday but because it was LA time it didn't get announced until around 11pm," she said.

"People were asking how did you sleep afterwards.

"With animation it is a big team and to get this far, it's great everyone can enjoy the success - but we still have another voting round to go."

Louise first started getting an interest in animation when she was in secondary school.

"I didn't realise it was a job 'til 5th year. I always liked drawing and I really wanted to get better and develop. At first it was about art and now it's about the storytelling," she said.

Irish animation has a history at the Oscars, with Brown Bag Films previously nominated for Give Up Yer Auld Sins and Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty.

"I think it comes down to storytelling, it captures emotion or a feeling - it's part of our culture to be good at telling stories," said Louise.

She thanked Screen Ireland, Cartoon Saloon, producer Nuria Blanco and RTE for their support.

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