Uploaded on Tuesday 25 March 2014


Here is a short animation sequence created by award-winning animation filmmaker, Howie Shia, from the collaborative animated film, Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam.

This is a sneak peek from the award-winning 8 minute long animated film created by 15 of some of the biggest names in Canadian animation.

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An ‘Anijam’ is a collaborative animation with various animators who do individual short animated segments that link together to make one larger film. Saskatoon-born artist Howie Shia is a founding partner in the Toronto-based music/design/film studio PPF House. There he spends much of his time illustrating, animating and scoring independent work as well as commercial projects for the likes of the NFB, UN-Habitat, the YMCA, Nike, Maisonneuve Magazine, the Worst Pop Band Ever, LEO37 and others. A Chalmers Award nominee and recipient of the Vtape Video Art Award, Shia's work has been screened at festivals and galleries around the world, including the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), MIPTV Festival (Cannes), the Lux (London, England), the Glenbow Museum Festival of Moving Objects (Calgary) and the University of Cairo. Howie has been called many things throughout his diverse career, most notably, «Howie.»

Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam
Synopsis: For the first time in Canadian history, 15 of Canada’s most award-winning and celebrated independent animators have come together to create a collaborative animated film. Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam is an innovative and global approach to animation filmmaking and unites animators from coast to coast, from Vancouver to Halifax and all parts in between, to self reflect on one day of their lives using only 4x6 inch yellow sticky notes, a black pen and animation meditation. Featuring animation from the original Anijam creator Marv Newland along with Oscar® winners Alison Snowden and David Fine and Academy® Award nominees Cordell Barker, Janet Perlman, Chris Hinton, and Paul Driessen. To create the film, the animators were asked to self-reflect through animation on personal and global events that impacted one day of their lives.

Each of the animators created their sequences without knowing what the other participants were creating. Starting with a ‘to do’ list written on the day of a life-altering event, the animators transitioned from text to imagery by utilizing ‘animation meditation’ to create a visually animated poem representing how their lives were affected by that pivotal day. In the end, the thousands of sticky note drawings link together to create a dynamic and inspirational animated film that connects the human spirit while celebrating individual artistic expression with the goal of inspiring future generations of animators.


Language: English

Length: 0:40

Country: Canada