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Shannon Amen

Chris Dainty
2019 | 15 min
2D and stop-motion animation, archival footage, and icemation

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionOttawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionCalgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta (2019)

  • Official Selection Festival du nouveau cinéma - FNC, Montreal, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionSommets du cinéma d'animation, Montreal, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionAnn Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. (2020)

  • Nominee for Canadian Screen AwardsCanadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Canada (2020)

  • Winner, Director – Non-Fiction Yorkton Film Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada (2020)

  • Official SelectionWe Are One: A Global Film Festival (2020)

  • Official SelectionInternational Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR, Poznań, Poland (2020)

Short Synopsis

One-Liner & Two-Liner

Description of Animation Technique


Shannon Jamieson, the artist




Promotional Materials



Chris Dainty
Photo : Mitch Lenet

Chris Dainty

Chris Dainty is a director, animator, ice carver, and college professor from Ottawa, Ontario. His most recent work, Shannon Amen (produced by the National Film Board of Canada), is his most personal project to date. This loving elegy to his late friend Shannon Jamieson combines 2D animation with icemation—stop-motion animation that uses large-scale ice sculptures. Chris is a member of the Canadian Ice Carvers Society and produces large-scale ice sculptures for Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival.

In 2006, Chris co-founded Dainty Productions, Inc., a high-end 2D animation studio for film, TV, mobile, console, and interactive experiences. Chris co-directed a special 2D-animated episode of the Nick Jr./TVO show Dino Dan and has produced animation for multiple episodes of the Emmy Award-winning shows Odd Squad (TVO/PBS) and Dino Dana (Amazon/TVO).

Chris has also created animation for interactive game experiences, including several Sesame Street games for Nintendo Wii, content for PlayStation, and an iOS and Android app for the iconic Hinterland Who’s Who series. In addition, Chris teaches in the Illustration and Concept Art program at Algonquin College.

In 2015, Chris co-directed and animated the short film One Last Dream, which screened at several international festivals.

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio in Montreal. Her award-winning auteur films include I Am Here, directed by internet sensation Eoin Duffy, and the innovative mixed-media film The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer, directed by Randall Okita. Maral has helped to develop some of Canada’s top rising talents through the NFB’s internationally recognized Hothouse apprenticeship program, which has spawned a series of one-minute hits. In addition to films, she produces interactive projects with a distinct artistic edge, such as Paloma Dawkins’ stunningly beautiful multi-award-winning VR joyride, Museum of Symmetry.

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer
Photo : David Fine

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima is studio head and executive producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s world-renowned English Animation Studio. After a brief freelance animator career, Fukushima joined the NFB Animation Studio in 1990 as a filmmaker, then became a studio producer, and is now studio head, with a lot of films (and some awards) under his belt. He now mostly produces the producers, and offers up pearls of wisdom and wise-cracking bon mots.


Written and Directed by
Chris Dainty

Based on Writings, Art and Music by
Shannon Jamieson

Shannon Jamieson

Creative Consultant
Ellie Forbes

Line Producer
Jennifer Dainty

Sound Design
Sacha Ratcliffe

Storyboards and Animatic
Chris Dainty
Bradley Cayford
Fabian Jacobo Cuevas
Jeff Amey

Character Designs
Izzy Campbell
Elise Simard
Chris Dainty

2D Animation
David Seitz
Phil Lockerby
Hyun Jin Park
Andrew Doris
Lynn Scatcherd
Luc Chamberland
Sean Branigan
Chris Dainty
Rodolphe St-Gelais
Jamie Gallant

Stop-Motion Animation
Chris Dainty
Lynn Dana Wilton

Animation Clean-up
Izzy Campbell
Jennifer Dainty

Fabian Jacobo Cuevas
Chris Dainty
Izzy Campbell

Tree Sculpture
Kenny Hayden

Ice Animation Team
Ice Carvers
Chris Dainty
Kevin Ashe
Antonio Baisas
Mowafak Nema
Jeremy Kuzub
Nathan McKeough
Ikuo Kanbayashi

Director of Photography
Karim Ayari

Camera Assistants
Matthew Delaney
Mitch Lenet

Promotional Photography
Mitch Lenet
Ella-Rose Swinimer

Ice Shoot Assistant
Marlee Mayors

Chris Dainty
Trevor Dixon Bennett

Compositing and VFX
Fred Casia
Elise Simard

Reference Video
Luc Chamberland
Izzy Campbell

Lyndell Montgomery

Recorded by
Jane Aurora (Arrival Sounds)

Electronic Music
Sacha Ratcliffe

“Come Fly With Me”
Performed by Michael Bublé
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen
Courtesy of Concord Music and Primary Wave

Written by Shannon Jamieson
Performed by Lyndell Montgomery

“Soeur” / “Sahrana” / “Entropy”
Written and Performed by Brett Despotovich (Inchoate)

Karla Baumgardner
Assisted by Rod Thibeault

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Isabelle Lussier

Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Technical Specialist – Animation
Randall Finnerty

Technical Coordination
Luc Binette
Maud Chayer

Titles Font
Shannon Jamieson

Titles Layout
Mélanie Bouchard

Online Editing
Serge Verreault
Denis Pilon

Studio Administration
Victoire-Émilie Bessette
Rosalina Di Sario

Senior Production Coordinator
Dominique Forget

Studio Coordinator
Barry Ahmad

Legal Counsel
Christian Pitchen

Geneviève Bérard

Special Thanks
Emma Pankhurst
Caleb Jamieson
Erin Jamieson
Dainty Productions Inc.
Canadian Ice Carvers Society
St. Brigid’s Church
Toronto Animated Image Society
AstroplastiqueKara & Trevor Dainty
Paul & Angela Dainty
Kareena Dainty
Doug & Merri McBride
Becky Weston
Glen Jones
Julie & Petter Johansson
Janet Blatter
Ember Swift
Charlotte Fisher
Nico Rosenberg
Don McWilliams
Justine Pimlott
Jelena Popović
Theodore Ushev

Maral Mohammadian

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima


Press Relations

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    NFB Publicist – Montreal
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