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Bone Mother

Dale Hayward and Sylvie Trouvé
2018 | 8 min 24 s
Stop motion

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionFestival Stop Motion Montréal 2018

  • Best Canadian Short Film - Bronze AwardToronto After Dark Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionSitges - Catalonian International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionMorbido Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionAnnecy International Animated Film Festival 2019

  • Finalist - Best Short AnimationGala Québec Cinéma 2019

  • Official SelectionRendez-vous Québec Cinéma 2019

  • Winner - Best Animation Yorkton Film Festival 2019

  • Official SelectionCINANIMA International Animated Film Festival, Espinho, 2019

  • Official SelectionNewport Beach Film Festival

Short and Long Synopsis





Sylvie Trouvé
Director and Animator

Sylvie Trouvé

Sylvie Trouvé is a professional filmmaker and animator who lives in Montreal, Canada. With more than 20 years of experience in animation, she has worked on a wide range of productions, from education documentaries and feature films such as The Little Prince to commercials for Honda and Lego. In 2009, she was part of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship program (Orange), where her passion for photography and animation truly merged. Subsequently, she created the abstract film Reflection in 2012. Her short films have screened at prestigious international film festivals and in public spaces such as galleries and airports. In 2011, she co-founded See Creature Animation with her husband, Dale Hayward. Their latest venture is the stop-motion animated short Bone Mother, a dark, folkloric tale produced by the NFB.

Dale Hayward
Director and Animator

Dale Hayward

Dale Hayward is a Montreal-based animator and director with a background in 2D animation. He specializes in stop-motion and is well versed in digital media and new technologies. Throughout his 10 years of experience, Hayward has worked on a wide range of productions, from feature films such as The Little Prince to commercials for Nike, Tim Hortons and others. In 2011, he co-founded See Creature Animation with his wife, Sylvie Trouvé. Their latest venture is the stop-motion animated short Bone Mother, a dark, folkloric tale produced by the NFB.

Jelena Popović
Photo : NFB

Jelena Popović

Producer at the NFB Animation Studio since January 2014, Jelena forged her skills as production manager and associate producer on conventional, interactive and hybrid documentary and animation films. She directed and co-wrote the documentary The Knights of Orlando (2007) and edited Patrick Doyon’s Oscar-nominated short Sunday, as well as three editions of NFB’s acclaimed Hothouse program. She co-produced with Marcy Page Theodore Ushev’s Blood Manifesto (Prix Créativité, FNC 2015), Sheldon Cohen’s My Heart Attack, (Best Animated Short, Cleveland Int’l Fest) and Munro Ferguson’s Minotaur VR. With Maral Mohammadian, she co-produced Naked Island, a series of public service alerts by some of the top Canadian animators exposing the dark underbelly of modern times. Her latest releases are Hedgehog’s Home, a stop-motion fable about cherishing one’s home directed by Eva Cvijanović and co-produced by Vanja Andrijević (Bonobostudio, Croatia), which won over 30 prizes including Special Mention at Berlinale and Prix Jeune public in Annecy, and Manivald, a gender-ambiguous tale about the boomerang generation by Chintis Lundgren, a coproduction with Estonia and Croatia selected at Sundance, SXSW, Annecy and awarded at OIAF, LIAF, NYSFF, Aspen, Denver, Manchester etc.



Directed and Animated by
Sylvie Trouvé
Dale Hayward
of  See Creature Animation

Written by
Sylvie Trouvé
Dale Hayward
Lanan Adcock

Based on the short story by
Maura McHugh


Baba Yaga
Renée-Madeleine Le Guerrier

Prince Vladislav
Rafael Petardi

Character & Art Design
Dale Hayward

Maya Modeling
André Michaud
Noncedo Khumalo

Maya Facial Rigging
Dana Darie

3D Printing Script
Chris Lesage

3D printing
André Michaud

Painting – 3D-printed Faces
Eve Lamoureux-Cyr
Claire Brognez

Puppet & Costume Fabrication
Sylvie Trouvé
Dale Hayward

André Michaud

Additional Puppet Fabrication
Carl Michaloski

Puppet Repair
Erik Goulet

Set Fabrication
Sylvie Trouvé
Corinne Merrell

Storyboards & Animatic
Dale Hayward

Sylvie Trouvé

Dale Hayward
Sylvie Trouvé

Dale Hayward
Nick Fairhead
Simon Cottee
Noncedo Khumalo

Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Technical Coordination
Randall Finnerty
Luc Binette

Online editing
Serge Verreault

Sound Design
Sacha Ratcliffe

Rebecca Foon

Cello / Synthesizer
Rebecca Foon   

Drums / Bowed Cymbals
Jamie Thompson   

Bass Saxophone/ Alto Sax / French Horn / Contrabass Clarinet
Colin Stetson    

Music Recording – Breakglass Studios
David Smith

Music and Dialogue Recording – NFB
Geoffrey Mitchell

assisted by
Bernard Belley

Foley Recording
Luc Léger

Sound Mix
Jean Paul Vialard

Karla Baumgardner

assisted by
Roderick Thibeault

Mélanie Bouchard

Karine Sévigny

assisted by
Jolène Lessard

Marketing coordinator – audiovisual & digital
Angel Trasgallo Carpio

Victoire-Émilie Bessette
Rosalina Di Sario
Dominique Forget
Stéphanie Lalonde

Jelena Popović

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima

Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745

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