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This experimental short animation is inspired by the NFB's Studio D (1975-1994), a production department aimed at creating filmmaking opportunities for women in Canada. Featuring a rhythmic soundscape and paint-on-glass animation, Assembly shows a woman’s hands cutting and editing a reel of film on a flatbed editing table as fragments of women walking in chains, protesting with placards, and speaking at podiums are inter-cut. We hear bursts of words and the percussive whir and click of the Steenbeck—until a “message” is finally revealed. The film is dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Shannon, a prominent editor and one-time Executive Producer of Studio D.

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Assembly, Jenn Strom, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Jenn Strom
  • director
    Jenn Strom
  • editor
    Jenn Strom
  • producer
    Tracey Friesen
  • hand painted animation
    Jenn Strom
  • original score
    Gordon Cobb
  • sound design
    Gordon Cobb
  • director of photography
    Kim MacNaughton
  • gaffer
    Vlad Horodinca
  • editor's hands
    Ileana Pietrobruno
  • mix facility
    Sound Kitchen
  • mix technician
    Chris McLaren
  • post production services
    Finale Editworks
  • research
    Sylvia Mezei
  • copyright clearance
    Sylvia Mezei
  • production assistant
    Ronaldo Acuna
    Dolly Reno
    Karen Chapman
  • production coordinator
    Teri Snelgrove
    Jennifer Roworth
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • program administrator
    Janine Steele
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen

  • None

    Très cool :)

    None, 8 Mar 2019
  • Cwillings

    Beautiful and moving. I miss Studio D!

    Cwillings, 6 Mar 2017
  • VroomFondle

    That was very well done in the tradition of the Canadian demacracy movement. Bravo! Bravo!

    VroomFondle, 2 Mar 2013

    Message heard and seen!

    PAMCGOLDRICK, 1 Mar 2013
  • KarinLisaAtkinson

    I enjoyed this film very much. Thank you for creating it and presenting to the world to see.

    KarinLisaAtkinson, 1 Mar 2013