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The Orchid and the Bee

Frances Adair McKenzie
2020 | 5 min
Virtual reality

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionAnnecy International Animation Film Festival, Annecy, France (2020)

  • Official Selection Mutek - XR Salon (2020)

  • Official SelectionOttawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada - VR Competition (2020)

  • Official Selection Spark Animation Festival (2020)

  • Official SelectionFantoche - International Animation Film Festival, Baden, Switzerland (2020)

  • Official SelectionGeneva International Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland (2020)

An immersive ode to nature’s struggle for existence





Teaser - 20 sec. - Jellyfish

Teaser - 20 sec. - Orchid

Teaser - 20 sec. - Pig



Frances Adair Mckenzie
Photo : Stacy Lee

Frances Adair Mckenzie

Frances Adair Mckenzie is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited in Canada and Europe. Her work negotiates speculative investigations into concepts of materiality, staging and form, always in deference to process as the hands-on manipulation of real materials and objects, most often through the interface of digital technology and sculpture. Frances’s augmented reality book, Glossed Over & Tucked Up, was published in 2016 by Montreal’s Anteism Press. Her association with the Nation Film Board of Canada began with the 10th edition of Hothouse, when she created the surrealist animated short A Little Craving. Her most recent NFB project, The Orchid and the Bee, is a VR stop-motion animation that speaks to the interconnectedness of all living things. Frances lives and works in Montreal.

Eloi Champagne
Technical Director

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

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.

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short Documentary award. Michael became an NFB animation producer in 1997, co-founding the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, in 2002 and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013.

Some notable films in his filmography include Genie Award winner cNote (2004), by Chris Hinton; Shira Avni’s animated documentary Tying Your Own Shoes (2009), which won the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and the prestigious NHK Japan Prize; Muybridge’s Strings (2011), by Oscar-nominated Japanese filmmaker Koji Yamamura; Oscar-nominated films Dimanche (2011), by Patrick Doyon, and Me and My Moulton (2014), by Torill Kove; and, most recently, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God… and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses. Michael now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in—this year, on the first short film in two decades by Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine, and on Oscar winner Torill Kove’s new film, Threads.


Written and Directed by
Frances Adair Mckenzie

Jelena Popović

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima

Based on the idea by
Frances Adair Mckenzie, Michael Juretic & Luka Sanader

Design + Animation
Frances Adair McKenzie
Brandon Blommaert
Fred Casia
Elise Simard

Compositing and Stereoscopy
Fred Casia
Frances Adair Mckenzie

Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Set Fabrication
Dany Boivin
Frances Adair Mckenzie

Set Dressing Assistant
Eva Cvijanović

Maquette – Maya
Noncedo Khumalo

Technical Consultant
Dominic Mercier

Technical Advisers
Frank Nadeau
Frédéric Sauvé

Jennifer Castle
© 2019 National Film Board of Canada –

Office national du film du Canada (SOCAN)

Sound design
Catherine Van Der Donckt

Immersive Sound Design
Headspace Studio

Geoffrey Mitchell

Foley and Music Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Karla Baumgardner

Foley Assistant
Rod Thibeault

Titles and Credits
Brandon Blommaert
Fred Casia

Technical Coordination
Randall Finnerty
Luc Binette
Maud Chayer

Studio Administration
Victoire Bessette
Rosalina Di Sario

Senior Production Coordinator
Dominique Forget

Studio Coordinators
Barry Ahmad
Faisal Moula

Special thanks
Charlotte Fisher

Laurianne Désormiers
Sophie Thouin

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
© 2020

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