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‘Circles are Sacred’ Animated Trailer for Old Man: The Napi Project – SNOWBLIND

By 24 February, 2020October 16th, 2020No Comments

24 February, 2020. Calgary, AB.

Based off of SNOWBLIND by Zach Running Coyote. Sound, illustrations, and animation by me.

I initially shot some slow motion 60 FPS footage of Zach and didn’t like the way it had turned out, so I ended up drawing and colouring on top of the footage. So so much work for ~12 sec of animation time, but I’m really proud of the result. Edited in Premiere with custom vignette effects added on so the edges of the drawings wouldn’t show. The sound effect is a single take of myself blowing out wind noises with added reverb and sound isolation done in Audacity.

“I may go in circles in my brain, but I was always real good at directions.”

Part of OLD MAN: THE NAPI PROJECT, a co-operative Artist in Residence program with Making Treaty 7, we are pleased to welcome the World Premiere of SNOWBLIND, written and performed by Zach Running Coyote, to the Lunchbox stage.

Inspired by the Blackfoot story Napi and the Compassionate Woman, SNOWBLIND uses traditional storytelling, poetry, song and dance to explore the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on the Indigenous community. Told with humour and heartbreak through the memories of three characters, SNOWBLIND uncovers how our choices, our mistakes, and our history can lead us to understanding.


Jolane Houle
Costume Designer

Jane MacFarlane
Voice Coach

Anna Dalgleish
Assistant Set Designer & Radio Voice

Joyce Healy
Knowledge Keeper/Creative Collaborator

Zach Running Coyote
Writer, Performer & Co-Choreographer

Justin Many Fingers
Director/Dramaturg & Co-Choreographer

Frances MacDonald
Stage Manager

Neil Fleming
Set & Lighting Designer

Chad Blain
Sound Designer


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