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Minotaur

Munro Ferguson
2016

Minotaur, from film to virtual reality

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Team


Munro Ferguson
Director
Biography
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Munro Ferguson

Born in New York City in 1960, Munro Ferguson took a very early interest in cartooning and film. In 1994, he joined the NFB English Program’s Animation Studio, where he wrote, directed and animated  How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly (1995). He created Falling in Love Again, winner of the 2004 Genie Award for Best Animated Short, and  June, an elegy for his close friend and mentor, artist Joyce June Wieland. June premiered at the Art Gallery of Ontario and was invited to numerous international festivals and exhibitions, including SIGGRAPH.

Munro’s most recent film, Minotaur, is an abstract expression of the mythic hero’s journey towards death and back again, with original music by Kid Koala.


Eloi Champagne
Technical Director
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Eloi Champagne

Before he became Technical Director at the NFB Animation Studio in 2011, Eloi spent nearly two decades helping advertising agencies and corporations go beyond their creative limits. Drawing on his VFX expertise and creative problem-solving skills, Eloi has worked on many award-winning productions, including a number of stereoscopic films. Currently, he is working on a variety of linear and interactive projects using 3D printers, head-mounted displays, projections, different types of sensors and mobile platforms.


Jelena Popović
VR Producer
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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.

Credits

A film by
MUNRO FERGUSON 

Original Music
KID KOALA

Sound Design
JAN PIENKOWSKI

VR Sound Design
BENOÎT DAME

Music Production
VID COUSINS

Musicians
KID KOALA
VID COUSINS

Sound Assistant
JESSICA BOROWSKA

Final Mix
JEAN PAUL VIALARD

Created with Sandde™

Special Thanks
ROMAN KROITOR
PAUL KROITOR
GREG LABUTE
DAVE SEITZ
RYHNA THOMPSON
HELEN GILLET
MARIA LANTIN

Special Thanks for Inspiration
NORTHROP FRYE

Online Editing
DENIS  PILON

Technical Direction
ELOI CHAMPAGNE    

Digital Imaging Specialist
RANDALL FINNERTY

Credits
MÉLANIE BOUCHARD

 

Technical Coordinator
STEVE HALLÉ

Senior Production Coordinator
ROSALINA DI SARIO

Studio Coordinator
SIMON ZAURRINI

Administration
VICTOIRE-ÉMILIE BESSETTE

Executive Producers
MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA and DAVID VERRALL

Producer
MARCY PAGE

VR Producer
JELENA POPOVIC

Produced by the NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

 



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