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Ignition

2009 3 min
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This animated short evokes the experience of driving alone on an unlit rural road at night. Darkness is broken by the beam of headlights, creating dancing shadows that obscure what lies beyond the road.

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Ignition
  • Vistas
    Vistas
    2009 13 films
    Vistas - 13 short films on the theme of "nationhood". Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and APTN.

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This animated short evokes the experience of driving alone on an unlit rural road at night. Darkness is broken by the beam of headlights, creating dancing shadows that obscure what lies beyond the road.
  • writer
    Doug, Jr. Smarch
  • animator
    Doug, Jr. Smarch
  • director
    Doug, Jr. Smarch
  • technical art consultant
    Bob McAfee
  • editor
    Eliot Piltz
  • sound design
    Gael MacLean
  • music supervision
    Gael MacLean
  • music composer
    Robyn Traill
  • music performer
    Robyn Traill
  • re-recording engineer
    Doug Paterson
  • audio post
    Rukkus House
  • post-production services
    Hand Cut Films
    Finale Editworks
  • production coordinator
    Jennifer Roworth
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
    Scott Collins
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
    Cyndi Forcand
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
    Mia Desroches
  • series producer
    Vanessa Loewen
    Joe MacDonald
  • series executive producer
    Derek Mazur
    Peter Strutt
  • producer
    Yves J. Ma
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen

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Education

Ages 12 to 17
Use Ignition as a visual writing prompt in a writing class and have students develop this nighttime drive on a rural road into a written narrative piece. The teacher can use this short to teach the conventions of suspense (e.g. setting, solitary nature of the ride, musical score). To ensure that students do not all write the same type of story, place a few parameters on character(s), issues/conflicts, and resolution.
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