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The Mountain of SGaana

Christopher Auchter
2017 | 10 min 02 s

Selections and Awards

  • Best Animated Film or Series Award (Young Audiences - Ages 6-12)Ottawa International Animation Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionImagineNATIVE 2017

  • Official SelectionVancouver International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionCalifornia's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionTIFF Kids International Film Festival 2018

  • Official Selection - Indigenous AwardYorkton Film Festival 2018

Synopsis


Long Synopsis


About the Haida

Trailer

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Q&A with Christopher Auchter

Images

Promotional Materials

Team


Christopher Auchter
Writer / Director
Biography
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Photo : Anita Alberto


Christopher Auchter

Christopher Auchter grew up roaming the beaches and forests of the Haida Gwaii archipelago off Canada’s West Coast, and his art is rooted in the land and stories of the Haida people. Auchter’s art practice is fuelled by his close connection to the natural environment, his adventures in forestry and commercial fishing, and by the colourful people with whom he has lived and worked. From early on, he recorded his feelings and impressions as images, and today his filmmaking serves the same function.

Auchter studied media arts at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, British Columbia) and graduated with honours in computer animation from Sheridan College in Ontario. His goal is to create films that are as engaging and entertaining as the many people and environments that have inspired him, to help facilitate genuine contact between the Haida people and the global community.

His previous projects include Daniel Janke’s How People Got Fire, Electronic Arts’ NHL Games and Nintendo’s Punch Out! He has illustrated three children’s books, including Jordan Wheeler’s Just a Walk, a comic by Richard Van Camp called Kiss Me Deadly, and a graphic novel by W.L. Liberman entitled The Ruptured Sky: The War of 1812.


Shirley Vercruysse
Producer, Executive Producer
Biography
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Photo : Emily Cooper


Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s latest projects include the feature-length documentaries The Whale and the Raven and Because We Are Girls; the musical documentary The Road Forward; the animated shorts Shop Class and The Zoo; the short documentaries Way of the Hunter and Now Is the Time; and the Webby Award-winning documentary series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.


Teri Snelgrove
Associate Producer
Biography
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Photo : Emily Cooper


Teri Snelgrove

Teri Snelgrove is the Associate Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she’s worked on acclaimed documentaries such as Highway to Heaven (Sandra Ignagni), Because We Are Girls (Baljit Sangra), The Road Forward (Marie Clements), Debris (John Bolton), and Beauty (Christina Willings), as well as the interactive project Bread (Mariette Sluyter). She’s also worked on several animated films, including The Mountain of SGaana (Christopher Auchter), Shop Class (Hart Snider), and The Zoo (Julia Kwan). Teri is a Newfoundlander and a graduate of the film/video program at the Emily Carr Institute (now University).


Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer
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Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short Documentary award. Michael became an NFB animation producer in 1997, co-founding the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, in 2002 and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013.

Some notable films in his filmography include Genie Award winner cNote (2004), by Chris Hinton; Shira Avni’s animated documentary Tying Your Own Shoes (2009), which won the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and the prestigious NHK Japan Prize; Muybridge’s Strings (2011), by Oscar-nominated Japanese filmmaker Koji Yamamura; Oscar-nominated films Dimanche (2011), by Patrick Doyon, and Me and My Moulton (2014), by Torill Kove; and, most recently, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God… and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses. Michael now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in—this year, on the first short film in two decades by Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine, and on Oscar winner Torill Kove’s new film, Threads.

Credits

THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA PRESENTS

THE MOUNTAIN OF SGAANA

DIRECTED BY
CHRISTOPHER AUCHTER

WRITTEN BY
CHRISTOPHER AUCHTER & ANNIE REID

PRODUCER
SHIRLEY VERCRUYSSE

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
TERI SNELGROVE

COMPOSER
DANIEL JANKE

SOUND DESIGN AND RE-RECORDING MIXER
CHRIS MCLAREN

ANIMATION
CHRISTOPHER AUCHTER
TARA BARKER
MARCO LI
SITJI CHOU

VFX ARTIST
RUSSELL HEYMAN

COMPOSITOR, VFX AND AFTER EFFECTS ANIMATION
MICHAEL MANN

VFX ASSISTANT
DANIEL LARG

RIGGERS
TARA BARKER
SHAWNA MAUCHLINE
AMANDA MAUCHLINE

BACKGROUNDS
CHRISTOPHER AUCHTER
SITJI CHOU
LOU PAPA
CHARACTER DESIGN
CHRISTOPHER AUCHTER

RENDERER
MELANIE LE TUQUYEN

3D RENDERING AND PRINTING
3DPHACKTORY

3D SCULPTOR
JC CAPPELLETTI

SINGER
NIKITA TOYA AUCHTER

VOICES
KEVIN LORING AS THE SKIPPER AND THE BEING
DEVERY JACOBS AS KUUGA KUNS

MUSICIANS
LONNIE POWELL
OLIVIER DE COLOMBEL
HUGH MARSH

SOUND MIX FACILITY
THE SOUND KITCHEN

NFB ANIMATION STUDIO
MARAL MOHAMMADIAN
JELENA POPOVIC
ELOI CHAMPAGNE
VICTOIRE-EMILIE BESSETTE
ROSALINA DI SARIO

NFB BC & YUKON STUDIO
STUDIO DE LA COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE ET DU YUKON DE L’ONF

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
JENNIFER ROWORTH

STUDIO ADMINISTRATOR
CARLA JONES

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
WES MACHNIKOWSKI

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS
KATHLEEN JAYME
JUSTIN MAH
KRISTYN STILLING

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
SHIRLEY VERCRUYSSE
MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA



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