Some notes from Gary Thomas, Crush Creative Director, on the work: We have been working with Ron, and his producer Lynn Harvey, for four years on their New Years specials for the CBC. When the CBC gave Ron the go ahead to do his own series, we were thrilled to be a part of it. Ron wanted to develop an animated segment based on the package we did for his "Back Home" special which was a cut out style that followed him as a child in Cape Breton. For the series we used adult heads and children's bodies, which is occasionally creepy (in a cool way). We co-directed the spots with Imported Artists' Dale Heslip and had a crew of ten animators working on the twelve episode series. To create the spots we used a combination of 2D software packages in a pipeline we developed on Knight Fever, Chris Minos' short film, completed in the spring of this year. The series is our first foray into long form animation, and has been a real eye opener for a studio seriously suffering from ADD.
Production Company: Crush, Toronto, Canada Directors: Crush and Dale Heslip Creative Directors: Gary Thomas, Dale Heslip Executive Producer: Patty Bradley Producer: Debbie Cooke Production Manager: Raphael Quirino Lead Animator/Animation Supervisor: Chris Minos Character Animators: Phil Holloway, Harry Rasmussen, Eva Smith, Joel Tellier, John Watson Lead Background Artist: Jacques Dell Background Artists: Mark Irish, Laura Vegys Assets Coordinator: Wadi Ejiwumni Character Rigger: Scott Edelman Online Compositor: Gavenesh Patel Still Photographers: Adam Palmer, Andrew McNaughton Editorial: Crush Cuts Editor: Kim Knight Assistant Editor: Katie Oliver