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Agence

Created by Pietro Gagliano
2020 | 5-10 min
Dynamic Film
English with French, Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese and simplified Chinese subtitles

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionVenice International Film Festival - Venice VR Expanded (2020)

  • Official Selection BFI London Film Festival - LFF Expanded (2020)

  • Official competitionFestival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (2020)

  • Official Selection IDFA Doc Lab - Spotlight (2020)


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Trailer & Behind the Scenes

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Pietro Gagliano and David Oppenheim on the Voices of VR podcast

Team


Pietro Gagliano
Creator and Executive Producer
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Pietro Gagliano

Spirited creative innovator and entrepreneur, Pietro Gagliano, is a pioneer of new forms of media that allow humans to understand what it means to be machine, and machines what it means to be human. His commitment to the notion that art has the power to create a hopeful future in a post-singularity world has led to his founding of Toronto-based studio lab, Transitional Forms. “For creative people…” he so often reflects, “this is the most exciting time to be alive.”

Pietro’s work has been recognized through hundreds of awards and nominations including: 2 Emmy Awards, 11 Canadian Screen Awards, 31 FWAs, 2 Webby Awards, a Peabody-Facebook Award, and a Cannes Lion.

Previously, Pietro also co-founded digital agency+studio Secret Location, wearing many hats across his tenure, including: Chief Creative Officer, Head of Innovation, Executive Creative Director, and Head of Content. His production background has involved everything from large-scale corporate branding and social media marketing, to app and game development as well as interactive/immersive films. Pietro and his team made history in 2015 by winning the first ever Emmy Award for a Virtual Reality project. He has worked extensively across the broadcast and entertainment space with the likes of NBCUniversal, PBS Frontline and the New York Times.


David Oppenheim
Producer
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David Oppenheim

David Oppenheim is a producer at the Ontario Studio where his recent credits include Agence (Venice Film Festival), The Book of Distance (Sundance New Frontier, Tribeca Storyscapes, Venice Film Festival), Draw Me Close (Tribeca Storyscapes, Venice Film Festival), the Webby award-winning Universe Within, the final chapter of the NFB’s Highrise project, and the interactive documentary The Space We Hold which was awarded the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, the Best Original Interactive Production at the Canadian Screen Awards, and the Columbia University Digital Dozen Storytelling Award.

David is currently producing a number of creative non-fiction film, interactive, and immersive projects and leading the studio’s XR lab. He is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab.


Casey Blustein
Producer
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Casey Blustein

Casey is a Queen’s Applied Economics Graduate, a degree that let him split his time between the commerce, computer science and economics departments, while minoring in film & media. After spending his early 20’s travelling to 40 countries, Casey worked at a couple of tech startups in strategy and operations before landing at Secret Location. He started in business affairs, and was quickly put into a leadership position by being moved to Project Manager of VusrSecret Location’s virtual reality distribution platform. He helped lead the launch of the platform, and worked with names such as The New York TimesDiscoveryAMCCBC & Frontline to launch their apps, which have been downloaded millions of times. After successes in product, Casey moved to the content team at Secret Location, where he led the prototype development and financing for many of Secret Location’s upcoming free-roam VR projects. Casey left Secret Location in November 2018 to join Pietro Gagliano in building Transitional Forms, and is currently running the operations and strategy of the company while acting as Producer on Agence.


Anita Lee
Executive Producer
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Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer and Head of Studio in Toronto for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), where she helms the programming and production of Ontario projects, including Canadian and international co-productions, and forges key strategic partnerships. A multi-award-winning producer, Lee produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, named Best Documentary Feature by both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle and Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association. She was awarded a Peabody for The Apology. Recent projects as Executive Producer include: This Is Not a Movie (TIFF 2019); What Is Democracy? (TIFF 2018); What Walaa Wants (Berlin 2018, DGC Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs 2018, TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten, CSA nominee for 2019 Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary); Unarmed Verses (Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs 2017, TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten, CSA nominee for 2018 Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary); A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017, Doc NYC 2017); and Draw Me Close (Tribeca 2017, Venice 2017). Lee also established the NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab, which partnered with the CFC and the Ford Foundation on the Open Immersion documentary VR lab, with the National Theatre (UK) on a creative doc VR lab, and with POV Spark (PBS) on Otherly, a non-fiction Instagram Stories lab. Lee is the Founder/Advisory Chair of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

 

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Credits

Created by
Pietro Gagliano

Produced by
David Oppenheim
Casey Blustein

Executive Producers
Pietro Gagliano
Anita Lee

Associate Producers
Erin Ray
Kate Vollum

Technical Director
Dante Camarena

Creative Director
Nicholas Counter

Lead Developer
Anuj Patel

ML Engineer
Alexander Bakogeorge

 

Audio

Music
Robby Duguay

Sound Design
Matthew Miller

Quality Assurance
Sumeyya Taghi

Game Designer
Kalen Hermann-Mowling

Voice Work
John Robert Matz

With generous support from:
Canadian Media Fund and Ontario Creates

 

For Transitional Forms

Consulting Producer
Andrew Bronfman

Strategy & Communications Advisor
Laura Mingail – Archetypes & Effects

Production Accountant
Racheal Forbes

Publicist
Sabina Wex

Legal Team
Hall Webber LLP

Production Insurance
Kase Insurance

For the NFB:

Manager, Studio Operations
Mark Wilson

Production Supervisor
Marcus Matyas

Technical Coordinator
Kevin Riley

Administrator
Patricia Bourgeois

Director, Distribution & Marketing (NFB)
Nathalie Bourdon

Marketing Manager
Tammy Peddle

Marketing Coordinators
Stephanie Quevillon
Eric Bondo

Distribution Business Affairs
Mary Graziano

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Project Manager, Digital Products
Catherine Perreault

Technical Coordinator, Digital Products
Ana Appleyard

Sr DevOps & Infrastructure Specialist
Sergiu Raul Suciu

Head, Systems Infrastructure
Bruno Gervasi

Technical Coordinator, Projects
Mira Mailhot

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Vivian Gagliano
Monica Blaylock
Sam Gallagher-bishop
Cem Anil
Nick Suttner
Lesli Ferguson
Vitor Falleiros
Amy Zimmerman
Adam Myhill
Steven Joel Miller
Rorik Henrikson
Joi Mcconnell
Peter Woods
René Pinnell
Francis Chervenek
Rêveur Marketing
Michelle Cinapri

Thank you to all of our families, friends and industry colleagues who have supported and inspired us in the making of this project.



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  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 27 Canadian Screen Awards, 21 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB creators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.

  • About Transitional Forms

    Transitional Forms is a studio-lab pioneering new forms of entertainment using creative machine intelligence. We build innovative tools and create dynamic content simultaneously, and believe that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools on earth.

    Through our dedication to the intersection of technology and art, we strive to make humans more creative, and machines more human.

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