Title of film: "Sunday/Dimanche"
Country of origin: Canada
Director: Patrick Doyon
What it feels like to be going to the Oscars: "It's surreal. I didn't expect it to happen when I was making the film—I just wanted it to be the best it could be. The Oscar nomination is like the cherry on the sundae."
Animation process: "I draw everything on paper, and then every drawing is scanned and colored by computer. I do all the drawing, but I receive help on the coloring. There are no special effects at all, even the snow at the end of the movie."
On being a one-man team: "I really like to work alone. I'm a very independent-minded guy. So I had a storyboard at the beginning of the process and it was evolving, but I didn't have to ask anyone's questions about it. So I just animated."
Funding: Doyon participated in the National Film Board of Canada's Hothouse program, a 12-week paid animation apprenticeship for burgeoning Canadian filmmakers. The NFB gave him a grant to produce "Sunday," his first professional film.
The most challenging aspect of making the film: "Finding the design for the universe and a good design for the boy. I didn't like the way I'd done the boy at the beginning of production, so I did some research and revised it, and then adapted everything around him."
On the look and feel of the film: "I didn't want to make a realistic universe or a biographical film. It's based on the memory of my childhood, but it's very exaggerated."
Inspiration: "I lived in a small village where there was a train track running through the middle. I used to put coins on the tracks and see what would happen."
What the future holds: "Right now I'm doing illustration for a children's book, because I like to alternate between illustration and animation projects. I'm also working on a new script for an animated short. Right now, I don't want to work on the same thing—it's easier for me to go back and forth. For my next animation project, I want to look at the boy from Sunday with his father and grandfather, but not necessarily with the same characters as this one. But I want to explore the link between generations."