BONE MOTHER Screening: a Halloween Treat for MTM Students

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On Tuesday, Oct 30,  Montreal-based animator and director, Dale Hayward, a graduate of Max the Mutt’s animation program, visited us just in time for Halloween! Dale give our students a talk about his work as a stop-motion animator, and gave a special screening of his new award winning, stop-motion animated film, BONE MOTHER !!

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Film synopsis: “A vain and arrogant youth dares to enter Baba Yaga‘s living house of bones. What emerges will forever fill our nights with terror.”.

Dale was in Toronto for the opening of Bone Mother, as well as for the opening of a gallery show of the props created for the film!

Dale and his wife and artistic partner Sylvie, met while working at Cuppa Coffee Studios in Toronto, and moved to Montreal where in 2011 they co-founded their company, See Creature.

Since then they have amassed years of experience both in commercial and independent animation and have done several projects for the NFB. They’ve produced stop-motion ads for Nike and other major brands, animated TV series, and also worked on features like Le Petit Prince.   Dale showed See Creature’s demo reel, spoke about the creative potential of stop-motion, and spoke about the making of Bone Mother from script to screen. This included using 3D printing technology to create the props! Then we all watched Bone Mother, their award winning new film.

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Dale Hayward

At the end of the showing, Dale answered questions, toured the college, and spoke with some eager students.

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Dale Hayward with Ariel Alvarado-Montano, MTM year 3 Animation student


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Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouvé of SEE CREATURE Animation

From See Creature, the film Bone Mother was born ! 

Co-directed by Dale Hayward and Sylvie Trouvé, and produced by the NFB Animation Studio.

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Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouvé in their basement animation studio for BONE MOTHER
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Bone Mother puppet
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3D printed face of Baba Yaga puppet – Bone Mother

Bone Mother is a must see !!

From all of us at Max the Mutt, we want to thank you Dale for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit us!
We would also like to congratulate both Dale and Sylvie for their continued success and we can’t wait to see what they create next !!


For more on the behind the scenes, the story and the making-of Hayward’s and TrouvĂ©’s film, visit NFB’s blog about the film and for an interview with the co-directors.

For more making-of photos check out the Bone Mother instagram account.

Artwork from Bone Mother will be exhibited at Toronto’s Liberty Arts Gallery, opening November 1 and on display a month, and Dale and Sylvie are giving a masterclass on the making of Bone Mother on Nov 4 at the 2018 edition of the TAAFI Conference in Toronto.


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