Elbow Room

Elbow Room

                                Elbow Room
| 8 min

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This animated short tackles the subjects of personal space, conflict, and conflict resolution in the workplace. At the office, tempers flare as two coworkers who are sitting dangerously close find themselves bumping elbows and spilling ink. The film demonstrates four common approaches to interpersonal tensions: retreat, aggression, denial and - finally – negotiation.

This film is part of the ShowPeace series of lively animated films about conflict resolution. This series has received support from UNICEF and Justice Canada.

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Elbow Room, Diane Obomsawin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • story
    Diane Obomsawin
  • direction
    Diane Obomsawin
  • design
    Diane Obomsawin
  • animation
    Diane Obomsawin
  • digital imaging
    Itsik Romano
  • digital imaging specialist
    Normand Gauthier
    Susan Gourley
  • digital input and output
    Jean-Marc Brosseau
  • digital assistance
    Michel Provençal
  • background
    Josée Lévesque
    Diane Obomsawin
  • photography
    Marick Boudreau
  • lighting
    Éric Barbeau
  • picture editing
    Fernand Bélanger
  • sound consultation
    Fernand Bélanger
  • sound design
    Benoît Fauteux
  • original music
    Benoît Fauteux
  • musician
    Noah Cannon
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
    Elana Medicoff
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Patrick Viegas
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • ShowPeace series development
    Janet Perlman
  • post-production coordination
    Éric Barbeau
    Richard Lesage
    Andrée Lachapelle
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Marcy Page

  • None

    Hi! I want to show this animated film in my class. Is it available? Thanks, Vivienne

    None, 13 Nov 2018
  • carlophile

    Deux compagnons de travail se servent à chaud (c'est le cas de le dire) toutes les occasions de conflits au point de ne plus être capables de travailler. Ils cherchent des solutions: cela se voit entre autres par le retour en arrière bien suggéré par la bobine du film qui va à la renverse. À remarquer ici les nombreux passants, témoins de leurs conflits qui restent à distance, désengagés, bien souvent, comme lorsqu'on regarde la télévision. Film tout simple qui rappelle bien que, les solutions des conflits, ça regarde d'abord ceux qui le vivent.

    carlophile, 10 Sep 2010

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