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Engine 371

Engine 371

| 9 min

This animated short looks at the building of Canada's transcontinental railroad with wit and whimsy. Engine 371 illustrates the struggle humans have with nature and how this fundamental tension united a country. A film without words.

  • writer
    Kevin Langdale
  • director
    Kevin Langdale
  • animator
    Kevin Langdale
  • producer
    Svend-Erik Eriksen
  • editor
    Ileana Pietrobruno
  • music
    Robyn Traill
  • sound design
    Gael MacLean
  • sound supervision
    Gael MacLean
  • animation assistant
    Elisa Chee
  • musician
    Franklin Kirmayer
  • foley artist
    Refuge Girl
  • foley recordist
    High Def Consult
  • re-recording mixer
    Greg Stewart
  • re-recording facility
    Post Modern Sound
  • post-production services
    Shaman Digital Media
  • technical consultant
    Arthur Pecka
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Mia Desroches
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Rina Fraticelli


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Ages 13 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

History and Citizenship Education - Economy and Development (1500-present)
History and Citizenship Education - Industrialization (1800s)
Media Education - Film Animation
Technology Education - Society and Technology

Have students discuss how the dream of a transnational railway became, over time, a conduit for power and unmitigated growth. How does the film convey this sense of loss of control? Was there anything the collector could have done? What does this say about our own individual responsibilities? The collector simply wants to create a model train set. Can the impact of our individual aspirations be set apart from the world at large?

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