Condie, Richard

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1942-

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Richard Condie was born in 1942 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He moved to Winnipeg where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1967. Before establishing his career as an animator, Condie worked as a musician for the Manitoba Theatre Centre (1964), as a musician for CBC TV (1964-65), and as a sociologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (1967-69).

In 1971 and 1972 he was awarded Canada Council Grants to experiment in animation. His experimentation resulted in the production of his first animated short film, Oh Sure, which was purchased in 1978 by the National Film Board of Canada. He went on to produce nine animated films, two of which, The Big Snit and La Salla, were nominated for Academy Awards. Condie's work first garnered international recognition in 1980 when he was presented with an award in Tampere, Finland for his animated short film, John Law and the Mississippi Bubble. His next animated shorts, Getting Started (1980) and Pigbird (1981), won a variety of awards in several countries including Yugoslavia, Portugal, Finland, Poland, Australia, Canada and the United States. Condie received his first Academy Award nomination for The Big Snit in 1985. The Big Snit is Condie's most famous film and winner of sixteen international awards. Condie received his second Oscar nomination in 1997 for La Salla, his first computer-assisted animated short. La Salla is the winner of nine international awards.

Throughout his animation career, Condie has contributed to the film and video industry in almost every capacity: as animator, writer, director, producer, composer, and musician. He is an active member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the International Animation Society, and is a founding member of the Winnipeg Film Group. He continues to experiment with animation techniques.

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