Stephen McCallum is a freelance animator, art director, and illustrator. He has collaborated on a range of project types including short films, children’s books (print and electronic format), and computer games with creative companies...
Stephen McCallum is a freelance animator, art director, and illustrator. He has collaborated on a range of project types including short films, children’s books (print and electronic format), and computer games with creative companies including the National Film Board of Canada, Disney Interactive Studio, and Crow Cottage Publishing. McCallum’s illustrations have received honours including the American Booksellers Association (ABA) Pick of the Lists Award (“The New Land,” “The Good Companion”), and Reader’s Choice Award (“Belle’s Journey,” “The New Land,” “The Good Companion”). His film and animation work have been granted distinctions such as a Golden Sheaf Award nomination (“Debts”), award for winner at the Northwest Film and Video Festival (“Debts”), a Pacific Instructional Media Association (PIMA) Festival Award of Excellence (“From Flores”), and an Academy Award nomination (“Wild Life”). McCallum is an alumnus of the Camosun College Visual Arts Department and was granted a Camosun College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. ARTIST INFO: LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-mccallum-3165b113 (Accessed December 11, 2016); Blogspot site: http://stephenmccallum.blogspot.ca/ (Accessed December 11, 2016); IMDB record: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0564774/ (Accessed December 11, 2016); Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user15301845 (Accessed December 11, 2016); Youtube account: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfHNaCBP_dtpseLcIlLvIug (Accessed December 28, 2016); Illustrator profile on Crow Cottage Publishing website: http://crowcottagepublishing.com/illustrators/stephen-mccallum/ (Accessed December 28, 2016)
Digital transfer from the original 35 mm print of the film is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsQEBQ-9DdE (Accessed December 28, 2016). Stills in the Camosun collection are taken from film between the 7:18 to 7:35 seconds mark range. Story board images from the film are available at http://stephenmccallum.blogspot.ca/2009/07/storyboards.html (Accessed December 28, 2016). National Film Board education study guide is available for the film at https://www.nfb.ca/education/guides/?page=17 (Accessed December 28, 2016). NFB collection record for “From Flores” available online at http://onf-nfb.gc.ca/en/our-collection/?idfilm=18352 (Accessed December 28, 2016). Film case of “From Flores” available at http://www3.nfb.ca/sg/100205.pdf (Accessed December 28, 2016). ARTIST STATEMENT: The following excerpt was transcribed from the National Film Board of Canada “From Flores” VHS case a copy of which is available online at http://www3.nfb.ca/sg/100205.pdf (Accessed December 28, 2016). “About the Filmmaker: In “From Flores,” Stephen McCallum continues his exploration of film as a vehicle for artistic expression and a means of representing fundamental life themes. Building on the style of rendering and animation he developed in his first film, “Debts,” he has successfully transformed the power of fine literature into the medium of film. Stephen believes that effective storytelling is a significant aspect of the filmmaker’s role, and that film can be an important extension of the oral tradition. He is committed to animation as a serious art form, and finds inspiration by combining ideas and insights from a variety of disciplines including art history, social history, science, philosophy and literature. With eight years of work in animation to build on, he looks forward to exploring new forms in future projects.” DESCRIPTION: Three animation stills from the 1990 Stephen McCallum directed and animated, National Film Board of Canada film, “From Flores.” Film is based on a short story by West Coast Canadian author Ethel Wilson, and produced by Svend-Erik Erikson. Animation stills are cel with watercolour background and depict a fishing boat in the midst of a storm in the dark of night. Waves crash over the boat, with each still representing a different moment in time. Original film running time is 12 minutes, 15 seconds.
- McCallum Stephen b. 1960 - Canadian (artists (visual artist))
- Art, Canadian--20th century--Art, Modern--20th century--National Film Board of Canada--Animation cels--Animation (Cinematography)--Watercolor painting--Storytelling in art--Storytelling--British Columbia--Fiction--Islands--British Columbia--Seas--British Columbia--Romance fiction--Love--Fiction--Death in art--Men in art--Mortality in art--Environment (Art)--Coasts--British Columbia--Intracoastal waterways--British Columbia--Man-woman relationships in artWilson, 1888-1980, Ethel
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- Camosun College
David Bowes is the President at Bowes Productions Inc. and Jibber Jabber Entertainment, and an alumnus of the Camosun College Visual Arts program (1985-1987). An experienced producer, director, creator and writer, Bowes is skilled in stop motion,...
Show moreDavid Bowes is the President at Bowes Productions Inc. and Jibber Jabber Entertainment, and an alumnus of the Camosun College Visual Arts program (1985-1987). An experienced producer, director, creator and writer, Bowes is skilled in stop motion, clay, and computer animation, visual effects, mixed media and live-action productions. He has worked in a variety of formats including television and internet series, features, and commercials, with companies such as Telefilm Canada, CBC, Nickelodeon, YTV of Canada, MTV, Hasbro, Mattel, Shavick Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment, Disney Asia, Knowledge Network, among others. Bowes is the recipient of a Leo Award in 2007 for “Jibber Jabber” (Best Animation Program or Series), which also won Best Computer Animation (Foreign) at the 2007 International Family Film Festival. Bowes has been nominated for three additional Leo Awards as well as a Gemini award for his screenwriting, directing, and storyboard work on “Jibber Jabber”. ARTIST INFO: LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-bowes-bb79061b (Accessed December 11, 2016)
NOTE: Chapter three (pages 51-60) of Ken A. Priebe’s 2007 book, “The Art of Stop-Motion Animation” (Thomson Course Technology, publishers) features an interview with David Bowes in which Bowes describes various aspects of his career beginning with his decision to attend the Visual Arts Program at Camoun College in 1985, and the creation of “The Talking Rainforest” animation. “The Talking Rainforest” was created by Bowes as a commercial demo tape to show companies and agencies. Bowes selected the Vancouver Island’s Carmanah Valley Rainforest as inspiration for the commercial as it was heavily featured in the media at that time. After over eight-months production time and in collaboration with the not-for-profit, anti-consumerist, and pro-environment magazine “Adbusters,” “The Talking Rainforest” aired on BCTV as a 30-second commercial to raise awareness about the vanishing rainforests. A related add, entitled “Talking Forest” also produced by Adbusters can be viewed on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49mUeTWGWBE (Accessed December 23, 2016). Information about environmentalist protests at how the Carmanah Valley, and how it came to be recognized as a significant ecosystem of unique cultural, spiritual, ecological values rather than a renewable commercial resource, can be found in the Martlet article by James Davey, “The turbulent history of Carmanah Valley”, published March 12, 2015 (http://www.martlet.ca/the-turbulent-history-of-carmanah-valley/ Accessed December 23, 2016). DESCRIPTION: Two colour Cibachromes (also known as Ilfochromes) are presented one-on-top of the other in a black-matted frame. Each Cibachrome features a Claymation forest landscape focused on the trunks of three evergreen trees. The tree’s trunks feature anthropomorphic faces seemingly forged out of the tree’s bark. The trees appear to be interacting with each other through facial expressions and speech. Fallen trees, leaves, and pine needs, along with ferns and moss, blanket the forest floor. Cibachrome is a positive-to-positive photographic process known for its archival stability and rich, true colour.
- Bowes David Canadian (artists (visual artist))
- Art, Canadian--20th century--Art, Modern--20th century--Environment (Art)--Art--Political aspects--Trees in art--Environmental art--Clay animation films--Temperate rain forests--Rainforest--Television commercials--Consumer movements--Clay animation films--Animation (Cinematography)--British Columbia--Politics and government
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- Camosun College Art Collection
- Camosun College