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Daniel Janke (screenplay)
Kitty Smith (story)
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Release Date:
12 February 2009 (Canada) See more »
A young girl learns the power of storytelling from her grandmother. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Daniel Janke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Janke  screenplay
Kitty Smith  story

Produced by
Svend-Erik Eriksen .... producer
Rina Fraticelli .... executive producer
Martin Rose .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel Janke (original music by)
Cinematography by
Brian Johnson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Connors 
Casting by
Arlin McFarlane 
Set Decoration by
Emma Barr 
Makeup Department
Linda Talbot .... hair stylist
Linda Talbot .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jessica Hall .... production manager
Kathryn Lynch .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Etherington .... first assistant director
Art Department
Emma Barr .... props
Jassin Godard .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Dennis Burke .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Burke .... sound supervisor
Daniel Janke .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Kari Frost .... rotoscoping
Lake Pearson .... compositor
Stuart Andrew Sharp .... rotoscoping
Myk Smith .... rotoscoping
Virginie St. Jean-Leblanc .... rotoscoping
Jay White .... compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Bishop .... key grip
Kurt Fraser .... dolly grip
James Liston .... gaffer
Paul Pitzel .... assistant camera
Jay Sather .... best boy (as Jay E. Sather)
Animation Department
Christopher Auchter .... animator
Christopher Auchter .... design
Emma Barr .... background artist
Stuart Andrew Sharp .... animator
Jay White .... animator
Jay White .... background artist
Jay White .... design
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Talbot .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jonathan Eric Tyrrell .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Adele Armin .... musician: violin
Igor Gefter .... musician (cello)
Greg Hamilton .... copyist
Daniel Janke .... musician: piano
Rick Sacks .... musician (percussion)
Jordy Walker .... musician: guitar
Transportation Department
Jessie D. Jackson .... transportation
Other crew
Rosa Brown .... craft service
Marilyn M. Cherenko .... creative consultant (as Marilyn Cherenko)
Mia Desroches .... marketing manager
Bruce Hagerman .... administration
Charlie James .... caterer
Louise Johns .... caterer
Wes Machnikowski .... technical coordinator
Christine Sears .... production assistant
Sharon J. Shorty .... research
Darlene Ann Smith .... production assistant
Teri Snelgrove .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

16 min | Canada:16 min (original release) | Canada:14 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (Dolby 5.1) | Dolby Digital
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Lots Of Treats As Grandma Tells Her Story, 2 August 2010
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is kind of a bizarre 16-minute animated short but full of visual treats and very likable. The story is simple, and told by "Grandma Kay:" how a crow, using a chicken-hawk, helped build a campfire which, unsaid, led to people discovering fire. Yeah, just mythology but I like the way she told the story. Grandma Kay apparently is a famous storyteller in this remote town, passing on the legends of her culture to the teens, some of whom appeared interested, others not. It is set in the Canadian Yukon.

The joy of this animated short is not just the story but the beautiful watercolors and the surprises of seeing framed paintings come to life. Also cool is the change from color to black-and-white and back-and-forth, and seeing the neat expressions on the humans' faces.....and more.

This movie won the 2009 American Indian Festival Award and the 2009 World Indigenous Film Award for Best Animation.

I saw this as part of the DVD titled "Animation Express" which is available on regular and Blu-Ray discs. If you have the equipment, I would advise getting this on Blu-Ray as the artwork is stunning.

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