In 2008 I was fortunate enough to be involved in the Youth Animation Project through the Quickdraw Animation society. I chose to do an animation for the Calgary Police Services to be used by their Hate Crimes Education unit during school presentations.
'Affinity' is semi-autobiographical. The main character, a wolf, is faced with the pressure to choose a label for the sake of fitting in. Ultimately, when she realises she gets to define herself, she is also able to see that those who matter will accept her for who she is, regardless of labels.
This 00:02:48 animation took six months to complete. During this time I not only was able to work on my own stop-animation claymation, but I learned all animation techniques including computer, cutout, and classic hand drawn cell animation. 'Happy Birthday' is one such experimental animation, created for one of my best friends.
Being employed as an animator was an incredible experience which gave me a great respect and understanding for animation and the work involved.
In 2012 I created '27 Thing' in my bedroom, using very little equipment. I wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to take on any creative project with few supplies. If you love something and you want to do it, just take the plunge.
All I used was a simply point and shoot camera, a light from my bedside, a tri-pod and iMovie. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated. It's a bit rough and ready but it's the longest animation I've ever made and a creative project I'm extremely proud of.