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Boat People

Kjell Boersma, Thao Lam
2023 | 9 min 59 s
Hybrid of traditional 2D animation, stop-motion multiplane, and 3D rendering
Original English version


SHORT AND LONG SYNOPSES


An interview with Thao Lam and Kjell Boersma

Poster

Images


Ant colony leads Thao and Mom to safety

Grandma, Thao and mom soldier forth through darkness

Shattered family portrait

Family arriving to the shores of a Malaysian refugee camp

Mom protecting Thao

Thao and mother adjust to life at the refugee camp

Grandma saying goodbye to Thao’s father

Thao’s family and other refugees crossing the precarious waters of South China Sea by boat

A new start in Canada, father at the window

Team


Thao Lam
Filmmaker


Photo
Photo : Kevin C. W. Wong




Kjell Boersma
Filmmaker, Animator


Photo
Photo : Chetan Tilokani




Justine Pimlott
Producer (NFB)


Photo
Photo : Jennifer Rowsom




Jelena Popović
Producer


Photo
Photo : Stéphan Ballard



Credits

Directed by
Kjell Boersma
Thao Lam

Written by
Thao Lam
Kjell Boersma

Produced by
Justine Pimlott
Jelena Popović

Executive Producer
Anita Lee

Narration
Thao Lam

Design & Layouts
Thao Lam

Storyboard Artists
Cornelia (Li Shi Tong)
Miranda QuesnelEditors
Jordan Kawai

Animators
Miranda Quesnel
Simon Cottee
Adam Brown
Kjell Boersma

Animation Supervisor / Compositor
Kjell Boersma

Animation Consultant
Lillian Chan

Animation Assistant / Layout Assistant
Samantha Lucy Haslam

Music
respectfulchild

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert
Pierre Yves Drapeau

Production Supervisor
Marcus Matyas
Production Manager
Howie Shia

Senior Production Coordinator
Melissa Paduada

Technical Director
Martin Sulzer

Consulting Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Studio Operations Manager
Mark Wilson

Studio Administrator
Andrew Martin-Smith

Studio Coordinator
Carly Kastner

Technical Coordinators
Kevin Riley
Shaghayegh Haghdoust Yazdi
Luc Binette

Technical Assistant
Q’mal Labad-Workman

Technical Support
Stéphane Simard
Sébastien Dion

Marketing Managers
Andrea Elalouf
Jessica Gedge

Publicist
Jennifer Mair

Legal Counsel
Christian Pitchen

Re-Recording Mixer
Jean-Paul Vialard

Foley
Karla Baumgardner

Foley Recording
Luc Léger

Online Editor
Denis Pilon

Titles
Melanie Bouchard

Special Thanks
Hong Duong & Tai Lam
Maddie
Ashley Barrey
Karen Boersma
Rick Boersma
Brennan Mercer
Camila Londono
Science Discovery Zone, Toronto Metropolitan University
Kyle Mowat

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