Independent Animated Art Films

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

"TV"  (2018 / 2min. / 35mm / cameraless animation)  transformational vibrations: Inspirational mark making as a visual representation of handmade optical sounds.

‘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

'Four Elements of Change' (2019 / 5.5min. / 16mm cameraless and 16mm black+white hand processed films) Four short films inspired by theme of climate change created for 'Shifting Ground', group exhibition at Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo BC, Canada.

‘Yarwood Trail’   (2009 / 4min. / 35mm / cameraless animation) inspired by 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) 25 filmmakers celebrate film as an artform for the Liaison of 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.

Awards

Twilight

2019 Jury Stellar Award: Best Experimental Film, Black Maria Fest, USA.

2018 Best Non Narrative Film, GIRAF Festival, Calgary Canada.

Element of Light

2006 Audience vote Best Abstract Film, Melbourne Int. Animation Fest.

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.

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

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

1998 Award of the Artiria Gallery : 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.

1998 Jury Award : Brisbane International Animation Festival, Australia.

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

1997 Best Canadian Short Film : Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax Canada.

1997 Best Animated Film : Alberta Motion Picture Awards (AMPIA).

1997 Best Experimental Film : Sea to Sky Film Festival, BC Canada.

1997 Best Canadian Short Film : Atlantic Film Festival.

1997 Best Animated Film : Victoria Independent Film Festival.

Selected Screenings

Twilight

Oct. 2019 ANIMA: Cordoba Int. Animation Festival, Argentina.

Sept. 2019 Soundscreen Film Festival, Ravenna Italy.

Sept. 2019 Paris International Animation Festival, France.

Sept. 2019 Linoleum Int. Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival, Kyiv Ukraine.

Aug. 2019 Quito International Film Festival, Quito Ecuador.

July 2019 Melbourne Int. Animation Festival

2019 New York City Independent Film Festival, USA.

2019 Short Circuit: Pacific Rim Film Festival, Victoria Canada.

2019 Monstra Lisbon Int. Animation Festival, Portugal.

2019 Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum USA.

2019 Black Maria Film Festival, New Jersey USA.

2018 London International Animation Festival, UK.

2018 GIRAF 14, Calgary Canada.

2018 Olympia Film Festival, Washington USA.

2018  45th Northwest Film Festival, Portland Oregon USA.

2018 Punto y Raya Festival, Wroclaw Poland.

2018 Ottawa Int. Animation Festival, Canada.

2018 AnimaMundi Int. Animation Festival, Brazil.

2018 Short to the Point Int. Film Festival, Romania.

2018 La Truca Int. Animation Festival, Cali Colombia.

T.V.

Sept. 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada

Sept. 2019  Local Sightings Film Festival : Northwest Film Forum, Seattle USA.

Aug. 2019 Quito International Film Festival, Quito, Ecuador.

2019 65th Oberhausen Int. Short Film Festival, Germany.

2019 Portland Art Museum, USA.

2019 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan USA.

2018 Punto y Raya Festival, Wroclaw Poland.

Once Upon a Mountain

2015 Animation with Love Festival, Halifax Nova Scotia.

2015 GIRAF  Animation Festival, Calgary Alberta.

Yarwood Trail

2011 Winnipeg Film Group, Canada.

2011 Cordoba Int. Animation Festival, Argentina.

2009 Cinematheque Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.

Element of Light

2006 London Int. Animation Festival, England.

2006 Leipzig Int. Documentary + Animation Festival, Germany.

2006  Anima Mundi, Int. Animation Festival, Rio + Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2005  Images Festival, Toronto Canada.

2005 Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

1:1

2003  Fantoche International Animation Festival, Switzerland.

2002  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

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

2001  Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Germany.

2001  Toronto International Film Festival, Perspective Canada.

Sea Song

2001  Dresden Int. Short Film + Animation Festival, Germany.

2000  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

2000  Annecy International Animation Festival, France.

2000  Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

1999  Toronto Int. Film Festival, Canadian Perspectives.

Linear Dreams

2018 Louvre Museum, Paris France.

1998  Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

 1998  Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Germany.

 1998  Zagreb International Animation Festival / Croatia.

 1998  Annecy International Animation Festival, France.

 1998  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

 1997  Toronto International Film Festival, Canada.

 1997 Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada.

Collaborations  

2017 :  la Fundación SERENDIPIA, 'Afrovisions', National Museum of Colombia, Bogotá. "Sea Song" with live music made by 19 youth musicians.

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

2014 :  'House of Mazers' Wynndel Arts Centre, BC. Multi projection light show using liquid light slides, motion picture film loops, mirrors, lasers, mylar and interactive animation.    

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 projection ‘Travel Posters @ the Night Gallery’, produced and directed by Canadian artist Alison Masters.

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

2011C'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, multi-film projection, 16mm violin, optical sounds. Opening Night: CSIF $100 Film Festival, Uptown Theatre, Calgary.

2002 : 'Scratch Track’, directing live performance 4 person 4 projectors, Ottawa International Animation Festival Opening and Closing nights at the 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, live music with animated film Linear Dreams. Grenoble Jazz Festival, France.

Artist Talk with Presentation

2019 Portland Art Museum, Oregon USA. (Retrospect)

2018  Punto y Raya Festival, Wroclaw Poland.

2016  Winnipeg Film Group Cinémathèque, Canada. (Retrospect)

2016  Iris Film Collective, Cineworks Studio, Vancouver Canada.

2012  Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia.(Retrospect)

2011 Cordoba International Animation Festival, Argentina.

2011 Spirit Festival, Creston BC, Canada.

2009  Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, Michigan USA.

2008  Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

2007  Pacific Cinémathèque, Vancouver Canada. (Retrospect)

2005  Images Festival, Toronto Canada.

2003  Dresden International Short Film + Animation Festival, Germany.

2002  National Film Board of Canada Animation Summit, Montreal.

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  Nordic + Baltic Int. Animation Festival, Fredrikstad Norway,

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 Canada.

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.

Animated Workshop Instructor

2019  Northwest Film Center, Portland Oregon. 16mm optical sound cameraless animation.

2019  Outside In, Portland Oregon. 16mm cameraless animation.

2019  Creston Public Library,  16mm cameraless animation workshop.

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

2017  Creston Public Library, 16mm cameraless animation workshop.

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

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

2016    Iris Film Collective, Cineworks Studio, Vancouver Canada,  3 day Artist in Residence at Falaise Park Fieldhouse. Workshops and screenings.

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

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

2014   HomeLinks School, Creston BC. 16mm cameraless animation.  

2012  Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia. Three week 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.

2011   GIRAF’ Outdoor Projection Project, Quickdraw Animation. Four month project 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.

2011   Cordoba International Animation Festival, Argentina, 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 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, digital transfer to computer for editing and audio. Emphasis on experimentation to create a one minute film.

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

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

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

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

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

2005   Toronto Animated Image Society, Canada. Two 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. Two weeks Artist in Residence including presentations, artist talks, workshops with Oxberry Camera, Bolex Camera, cameraless animation. Collaboration with NASCAD experimental animation students and members of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. (all 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)

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

KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V., Germany. (all 35mm)

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

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

Memberships

Quickdraw Animation Society

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

KurzFilm Agentur Hamburg eV.

iOta Center for Visual Music, California.