Independent Animated Art Films :

‘Twilight’   (2018 / 2min. / 35mm / cameraless animation)  inspired by the two lights found inside of film projectors.

“TV”  (2018 / 2min. / 35mm / cameraless animation)  sound vibrations are transformed into images.

 ‘Once Upon a Mountain’   (2014 / 3min / 16mm) based on true story of mountain climbing in the Canadian Rockies. watercolour paintings.

‘Element of Light’   (2004 / 4.5min./ 35 mm / cameraless animation) abstract animation within the context of light as a natural element.

‘1:1’   (2001 / 2.5min./ 35mm / cameraless animation) exploring the ‘one to one’ relationship between sound and picture.

‘Sea Song’   (1998 / 4min./ 35mm / cameraless animation) an animated look into the sparkling ocean at night.

‘Linear Dreams’   (1997 / 7min./ 35mm / cameraless animation) images from the minds eye, music from the minds ear.

‘Zig Zag’   (1994 / 1min./ 35mm / cameraless animation) zig zag pictures dance to zig zag sounds.

‘Garbanzo’   (1993 / 2min./ 16mm / cameraless animation) abstract forms painted on film move to original jazz music.

‘Major ReBeouf’   (1992 / 3min./ 16mm, cel + paper animation) mythology created for “Return to Exceptional Pass”, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff.

‘Story from the Stone’   (1991 / 1min./ 16mm, pastel/chalk on paper) inspired from pictographs at Writing on Stone Provincial Park.

 

Commissioned Animated Art Films :

‘Yarwood Trail’   (2009 / 4min. / 35mm / cameraless animation) inspired by the paintings and sculptures of Walter Yarwood for the Toronto Animated Image Society 11 in Motion: Abstract Expressions in Animation commemorating the Painters 11.

‘Aura’   (2006 / 2.5min./ 35mm / cameraless animation) Celebration of film as an artform for the Liaison Independent Filmmakers of Toronto: 25 Film Manifesto’s.

‘O.I.A.F. Signal Film’   (2002 / 24sec./ 35mm / cameraless animation) signal film for Ottawa International Animation Festival.

‘CFMDC Trailer’   (1999 / 30sec./ 35mm / cameraless animation) Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre trailer.

 

Collaborations   

2017 :  la Fundación SERENDIPIA, ‘Afrovisions’, National Museum of Colombia, Bogotá. “Sea Song” animation with music made by 19 youth musicians.

2016 :  Foundation Kaleidoscope of Dreams, National Museum of Colombia, Bogotá. “Sea Song” animation with live music.

2014 :  Multi projection light shows for live music using liquid light slides, motion picture film loops, digital projectors, mirrors, lasers and mylar. Events at Snoring Sasquatch with live music and Wynndel Arts Center, interactive animation ‘House of Mazers’.  

2013 :  Canadian Coordinator for online animation collaboration ‘Mar De Fondo 3’, involving animation groups in China, Singapore, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Spain. Artists shared artwork through a server to up and download images.  

2013 :  Music video for II Cosmic studio song “Dark City”, time-lapse animated b+w hand processed super8 film shot in Prague, Czech Republic.  

2013 :  Digital zoom and panning animation of paintings for outdoor screening ‘Travel Posters @ the Night Gallery’, produced and directed by artist Alison Masters.

2012 :  Canadian Coordinator for online animation collaboration “Mar de Fondo 2”, involving groups of animators in Spain, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Colombia. Artists shared artwork through an internet server to up and download artwork.  

2011 :  C’est la vie: The Chris J. Melnychuk Story, documents award-winning animators battle with cancer. Building on live footage from Chris’s last unfinished film. C’est La Vie was created posthumously through collaboration of 19 animators at Quickdraw Animation Society.

2005-2007 :  ‘RAIN’ (Beatles Tribute Band) live music concerts, ‘A Day in the Life’ to Garbanzo and Linear Dreams animated films.  

2002-2007 :  ‘LaForge’ Compositeurs Improvisateurs Jazz Group, France live jazz music with animated film Sea Song, various concerts in Europe.

2003 :  “Optical Orchestra” live group performance with multi-film projection, 16mm violin and optical sounds. Opening Night: CSIF $100 Film Festival, Uptown Theatre, Calgary.

2002 :  Directing live performance ’Scratch Track’, Ottawa International Animation Festival Opening and Closing nights: National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

2001 :  Multi projection light show’s for live music using liquid light slides and motion picture film loops. Events at Pender Island Hall, BC.  

2001 :  ‘LaForge’ Compositeurs Improvisateurs Jazz Group and Children make live music with animated film Sea Song. Banlieues Bleues Jazz Festival, St. Denis France.

1999 :  ‘Orchestra Regional de Jazz’: Rhone Alps, making live music with animated film Linear Dreams. Grenoble Jazz Festival, France.

 

Animated Workshop Instructor : 

2017  Yaqan Nukiy School, Lower Kootenay Band, one day 16mm cameraless animation.

2017  Creston Public Library, one day 16mm cameraless animation workshop for youth.

2017   Mormon Hills School, Bountiful BC, one day 16mm cameraless animation.

2016   Winnipeg Film Group, Canada, one day 35mm cameraless animation.

2016    Iris Film Collective, Cineworks Studio, Vancouver Canada,  3 day Artist in Residence at Falaise Park Fieldhouse including one day 16mm cameraless animation workshop.  

2014-15    ‘ArtStarts in the Classroom’, Mt. Sentinel Secondary School, Crescent Valley. Mentoring various animation techniques. Students created their own animation using ipads as cameras, audio video editing tools. Students also created a live experimental animation dance performance with multi projections and film loops. (One day a week for 3 months)  

2015   Prince Charles Secondary School, Creston BC , one day 16mm cameraless animation.

2014   HomeLinks School, Creston BC. one day 16mm cameraless animation workshop, grades 3-7.  

2012  Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia. Artist in Residence as part of the Experimental Animation graduation class final group project creating 35mm cameraless animation digitized and expanded to form  large outdoor projections through glass windows. Included presentations, artist talks and demonstrations. (3 week project)

2011   GIRAF’ Outdoor Projection Project, Quickdraw Animation. Mentoring group of 4 animators commissioned to produce large scale outdoor projection for site specific locations in Calgary during GIRAF animation festival. Traditional and digital animation. (4 month project)

2011   Cordoba International Animation Festival, Argentina, one day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

2009   Toronto Animated Image Society at CineCycle, Canada, two day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.    

1993-2013   Quickdraw Animation Society, Calgary Canada. One week each year instructing week long experimental 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

1998-2008   Gulf Island’s Film and Television School, Galiano Island Canada. week long workshops with super8, Bolex camera’s, hand processing black and white film and digital transferring to computer for editing and audio. Emphasis on experimentation and personal ‘poetry’ to create a one minute film at the end of the week.

2007   CineWorks Independent Filmmakers Society, Vancouver Canada. 2 day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

2007   Film and Video Alliance , Edmonton Canada. 2 day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

2006   Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, Rio de Janeiro + Sao Paulo, Brazil. Several one day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

2006   Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Canada. One day hand processing black and white super8 film workshop.

2005   Fantoche International Animation Festival, Baden Switzerland. 24 hours non stop all night cameraless animation with optical sounds workshop.

2005   Toronto Animated Image Society, Canada. 2 day 35mm cameraless animation workshop with a screening at CineCycle.

2005   Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Two day super8 animation workshop with hand processing film.

2004   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax Canada. 2 weeks Artist in Residence including presentations, artist talks, workshops with Oxberry Camera, Bolex Camera, cameraless animation for experimental animation students and members of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative.

1999 + 2002   Reel to Real, Celebration of Moving Images for Youth, Vancouver Canada. multiple one hour 16mm cameraless animation workshops for bus loads of youth.    

2002   Northwest Film Forum, Visual Music Festival, Seattle USA. 2 day 35mm cameraless animation workshop with optical sound.

2002   BC Student Film Festival, Vancouver Canada, one day 16mm cameraless animation workshop.

2002   Toronto Animated Image Society, Canada, one day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

2001 + 2002   Victoria Independent Film Festival, Canada. One day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

2001   CineWorks Independent Filmmakers Society, Vancouver Canada. 2 day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

2000   Nordic + Baltic International Animation Festival, Fredrikstad Norway, one day 35mm cameraless animation workshop.

2000   Hamburg International Children’s Film Festival, Germany. Several 35mm cameraless animation workshops.

1999   Arts Umbrella: Arts Institute for Young People, Vancouver Canada, one day 16mm cameraless animation for young people.

 

 

Presentation of Work with Artist Talks :

2016   Winnipeg Film Group Cinémathèque, Canada.

2016   Iris Film Collective, Cineworks Studio, Vancouver Canada.

2012   Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia.

2011 Cordoba International Animation Festival, Argentina.

Spirit Festival, Creston BC, Canada.

2009    Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, Michigan, USA.

2008   Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

2007   Pacific Cinémathèque, Vancouver, Canada.

2005   Images Festival, Toronto.

2003   Dresden International Short Film + Animation Festival, Germany.

2002   National Film Board of Canada Animation Summit, Montreal, Canada.

2001   Sheridan College Animation Department, Toronto, Canada.

Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany.

Turku International Animation Festival, Finland.

Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden.

2000  Leipzig International Documentary + Animation Festival, Germany.

Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental, Goias Brazil.

Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany.

1999   Emily Carr Institute for Art + Design, Vancouver.

Blinding Light Cinema, Vancouver.

Atlantic Film Festival / Halifax Canada.

Toronto International Film Festival, Royal Ontario Museum.

Western Front, Vancouver.

1998  Dresden International Short Film + Animation Festival, Germany.

Stuttgart International Animation Film Festival, Germany.

 

 

Selected Screenings :

Linear Dreams

September 1997  Toronto International Film Festival, Canada.

October 1997  Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada.

January 1998  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

April 1998  Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Germany.

May 1998  Annecy International Animation Festival, France.

June 1998  Zagreb International Animation Festival / Croatia.

September 1998  Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

Sea Song

September 1999  Toronto International Film Festival, Canadian Perspectives.

February 2000  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

June 2000  Annecy International Animation Festival, France.

September 2000  Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

April   2001  Dresden International Short Film + Animation Festival, Germany.

1:1

September 2001  Toronto International Film Festival, Perspective Canada.

March 2002  Northwest Film Forum, Visual Music Series, Seattle USA.

April 2001  Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Germany.

January 2002  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

September 2003   Fantoche International Animation Festival, Switzerland.

Element of Light

February 2005  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

April 2005  Images Festival, Toronto Canada.

June 2006  Anima Mundi, International Animation Festival, Rio De Janeiro + Sao Paulo, Brazil.

October 2006  Leipzig International Documentary + Animation Festival, Germany.

September 2006  London International Animation Festival, England.

Yarwood Trail

November 2009  Cinematheque Ontario, Canada.

September 2011  Cordoba International Animation Festival, Argentina.

Once Upon a Mountain

2015  Animation with Love Festival, Halifax Nova Scotia.

2015 GIRAF  Animation Festival, Calgary Alberta.

 

Awards :

Element of Light

2006 – Audience vote Best Abstract Film, Melbourne Int. Animation Festival.

2005 – Directors Choice Award : Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

1:1

2003 – Jury Citation Award : Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

Sea Song

2001 – Award of Merit : Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany.

2000 – Directors Choice Award : Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

Linear Dreams

1998 – Best Canadian Animated Film: Ottawa Int. Animation Festival, Canada.

1998 – Best Abstract Film : Zagreb Int. Animation Film Festival, Croatia.

1998 – Award of the Academy of Fine Art : University of Zagreb, Croatia.

1998 – Jury Award : Brisbane Int. Animation Festival, Australia.

1998 – Juror’s Choice Award : Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

1998 – Best Sound Design : Ann Arbor Experimental Film Festival, USA.

1997 – Best Canadian Short Film : Atlantic Film Festival.

1997 – Best Animated Film : Victoria Independent Film Festival.

1997 – Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA): Best Animated Film.

 

Grants :

2017 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Art Production

2014 British Columbia Arts Council – Media Arts Production

2008 Toronto Animated Image Society – Media Art Production

2006 Toronto Independent Liaison of Filmmakers – Media Art Production

2005 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Production

2001 National Film Board of Canada Filmmakers Assistance Program

2001 British Columbia Arts Council – Media Arts Production

2000 Canada Council for the Arts – Professional Development

1998 National Film Board of Canada – Filmmakers Assistance Program

1998 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Production

1995 National Film Board of Canada – Filmmakers Assistance Program

1995 Alberta Foundation for the Arts – Post Production

1994 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Production

 

 

Collections :

National Library and Archives of Canada , Ottawa. (complete collection in 35mm)

National Film Board of Canada, Montreal. (Linear Dreams, 35mm)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Hollywood USA. (Linear Dreams, 35mm)

IOTA Centre for Visual Music, Los Angles USA. (Linear Dreams / 1:1, 35mm)

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. (complete collection film + dv copies)

Cinematheque Quebecois, Montreal Canada. (Linear Dreams, 35mm)

KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V., Germany. (L.D., Sea Song, 1:1, Element …, 35mm)

University of Regina, Canada (Linear Dreams)

Rhode Island School of Art + Design, USA. (Linear Dreams)

Newfoundland Filmmakers Coop , Canada. (original 16mm Sea Song)

 

 

Memberships :

Quickdraw Animation Society (Honorary Lifetime Member)

Canadian Screenwriters Collection Agency

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

KurzFilm Agentur Hamburg eV.

iOta Center for Visual Music, California.