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| 11 min

This short animation is a visual fantasy, a gripping tale that is "larger-than-life" in its themes: life, death and rebirth; creation and destruction; permanence and impermanence, spontaneity and control. Bold swoops of liquid colour surge with variations on Mozart's Requiem to a startling denouement. Alchemists will provoke reflection on creativity, relationships and the environment. Without words.

  • director
    Heidi Blomkvist
  • script
    Heidi Blomkvist
  • animation
    Heidi Blomkvist
  • producer
    David Verrall
  • executive producer
    Douglas MacDonald
    Barrie McLean
  • animation camera
    Jacques Avoine
    Lynda Pelley
    Pierre Landry
  • music
    Normand Roger
    Denis L. Chartrand


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Ages 12 to 17

Arts Education - Visual Arts
English Language Arts - Poetry
Media Education - Film Animation
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

After viewing and analysis, initiate projects with film and visual arts students, that teach the power of music to enhance visuals, and vice versa. Have writing students compose a hypothetical narrative, as well as consider alternate titles. Students can research the significance of the alchemist in history, as well as ancient beliefs about animals. Ask philosophy and art students to consider the relationship between the artist and society.

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