Author: Melody McMullan

Filming wraps on Anaana’s Tent!

That’s a wrap! After a month of filming the first season of Anaana’s Tent, to air on APTN this coming Fall, we wrapped filming in December.

 

Anaana’s Tent is an entertaining and educational children’s series that mixes animation, puppets, and live action. This series is designed for preschool children between 2 and 5 years old. Anaana’s Tent is loosely modelled after classic educational series such as Sesame Street, Mr. Dressup, and Dora the Explorer. Each episode of Anaana’s Tent will be built around an educational theme and provide developmentally appropriate activities with the help of our cast of recurring characters, cultural performers, musical guests, and animated sequences. Set in the Arctic, this distinctly Northern show will showcase talent from across Nunavut and introduce new cultural traditions and language to children across Canada.

 

Here’s a sneak peek! Check out the photos below for scenes from the set of Anaana’s Tent, featuring our host, Rita-Claire, and guest Celina Kalluk.

 

 

 

 

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing (2017)

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing tells the story of an ice-fishing trip taken by two unlikely friends—Ukaliq the Arctic hare and Kalla the lemming. Well-meaning but impatient, Ukaliq can’t catch a single Arctic char! Good thing Kalla is there. Embodying the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those who live in the Arctic, Kalla shares his wisdom—and his snacks—with his unprepared friend. This fun, the educational short film shows how important it is to be patient, kind, and prepared for whatever comes.

5 minutes, 2D animation

Credits:

Written and Directed by Nadia Mike
Produced by Neil Christopher, Danny Christopher, and Louise Flaherty

 

Awards and Nominations:

Award Winner
  • 2017 Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Native Cinema Showcase (New Mexico, USA) – Best Animated Short
Award Nominee
  • 2017 American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco, CA, USA) – Nominated for Animated Short
  • 2017 LA Skins Film Fest (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – Nominated for Best Animation
Screening
  • 2019 Nuuk International Film Festival (Nuuk, Greenland)

 

Join us on social media:

Facebook: @ukaliqandkalla

Instagram: @ukaliqandkalla

Twitter: @ukaliqandkalla

The Owl and the Lemming (2016)

The oral history of Inuit is filled with many folktales, legends, and myths. In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat. Inuit stories are often instructive, and with this fable, children quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided.
This short puppet film utilizes composited photographs and a set made with actual Arctic plants and lichen to create an authentic retelling of this ancient Arctic fable. This short film provides a glimpse of traditional Inuit values and beliefs.

3 minutes, Puppet animation 

Credits:

Directed by Roselynn Akulukjuk
Produced by Louise Flaherty and Neil Christopher
Screenplay by Roselynn Akulukjuk and Neil Christopher

Awards and Nominations:

Award Winner
  • 2017 Short. Sweet. Film Fest (Cleveland, OH, USA) – Honourable Mention in Animation
  • 2016 American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco, CA, USA) – Best Animation Co-Winner
Award Nominee
  • 2017 West Chester International Short Film Festival (West Chester, PA, USA) – Nominated for Best Animation Film
  • 2017 Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, SK, Canada) – Nominated in Children’s & Youth Category
  • 2017 Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum – Native Cinema Showcase (New Mexico, USA) – Nominated for Best Animated Short
  • 2016 LA Skins Film Fest (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – Nominated for Achievement in Animation Filmmaking
Screening
  • 2019 Nuuk International Film Festival (Nuuk, Greenland)

Little Folk of the Arctic (2015)

In the folklore of most cultures around the world there are stories of magical little folk. And the Arctic is no exception. Inuit traditional knowledge is filled with references to many different races and tribes of little folk. These beings always try to avoid human encounters, but over the years Inuit hunters and shaman have gathered stories and experiences to help us understand these small inhabitants.
This short introduces viewers to the little folk of the Arctic.

3 minutes, 2D animation 

Credits:

Directed by Neil Christopher
Produced by Louise Flaherty and Neil Christopher
Screenplay by Neil Christopher

Awards and Nominations:

Best Short Animation, Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival (2016)

Best Animation (Nominee), American Indian Film Festival (2016)

Achievement in Animation Filmmaking (Nominee), Los Angeles Skins Film Festival (2016)

Best Animation (Nominee), Yorkton Film Festival (2017)

Awards and Nominations:

Award Winner
  • 2016 American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco, CA, USA) – Best Animation Co-Winner
  • 2016 Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival (Seoul, South Korea) – Best Short Animation Winner
Award Nominee
  • 2017 Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, SK, Canada) – Nominated in Animation Category
  • 2016 LA Skins Film Fest (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – Nominated for Achievement in Animation Filmmaking
Screening
  • 2019 Nuuk International Film Festival (Nuuk, Greenland)

Ogress of the Gravelbank (2015)

Inuit oral history is filled with strange beings and supernatural creatures. One of these feared land spirits is the Ogress of the Gravelbank. This cruel being was known to lure children into her lair and trap them there. All that perish in that cave remain there as spirits and animated corpses.
This short vignette introduces viewers to this malevolent spirit who is unknown to all but the people of the far north.

3 minutes, 2D animation 

Credits:

Directed by Neil Christopher
Produced by Louise Flaherty and Neil Christopher
Screenplay by Neil Christopher

Awards and Nominations: 

Achievement in Animation Filmmaking (Nominee), Los Angeles Skins Film Festival (2016)

Best Animation (Nominee), Yorkton Film Festival (2017)

Awards and Nominations:

Award Winner
  • 2016 CreActive International Open Film Festival (Dhaka, Bangladesh) – Special Mention Award for “Animation Film”
  • 2015 Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, SK, Canada) – Best Children’s and Youth Production Winner

Anaana’s Tent

Anaana’s Tent is an entertaining and educational children’s series that mixes animation, puppets, and live action. This series is designed for preschool children between 2 and 5 years old. Anaana’s Tent is loosely modelled after classic educational series such as Sesame Street, Mr. Dressup, and Dora the Explorer. Each episode of Anaana’s Tent will be built around an educational theme and provide developmentally appropriate activities with the help of our cast of recurring characters, cultural performers, musical guests, and animated sequences. Set in the Arctic, this distinctly Northern show will showcase talent from across Nunavut and introduce new cultural traditions and language to children across Canada.

 

Live action, puppet animation, and 2D animation, 22 minute episodes

Summer Jobs Program: Production Assistant Position

Student Summer Job Opportunity: Production Assistant and Grip

Employer: Taqqut Productions, Iqaluit, NU
Reports To: Production Team
Terms of Employment: Immediate – August 29, 2016 (Summer Student Position)
Compensation:  $20/hour
Contact Information: Brittany Choquer, [email protected]

Key Purpose of the Job:
To assist the production team in the smooth running of projects by ensuring all office and film work is conducted efficiently.

We are looking for a student returning to full-time post-secondary studies in the fall and is excited by the prospect of working in film, TV, and animation. The production assistant position will involve assisting with film projects and many tasks that occur on set and behind the scenes, including administrative work, problem solving, and creating content. There will be opportunities to learn different aspects of filmmaking, including camera work, cinematography, set design and editing. Please note this is a hands-on job that may include some light construction, lifting and outdoor activities, as needed.

Duties include:

  • Assisting with set design and construction
  • Scouting, photographing and arranging filming locations
  • Arranging props and sets
  • Running errands for film crew (picking up supplies and tools, prep work)
  • Contributing to creative segment ideas
  • Assisting with camera work
  • Assisting with set lighting
  • Assisting with puppeteering

Required skills:

  • Clear communicator
  • Focussed and organized
  • Adaptable to changing scenarios
  • Motivated and takes initiative
  • Calm and personable under pressure
  • Works well under tight deadlines
  • Fast learner of new workflows
  • Someone who is passionate about film, TV and animation!

Preferred but not essential:

  • A driver’s license
  • Inuktitut language skills
  • Video editing experience

About Taqqut Productions:

Taqqut Productions Inc. is an Inuit-owned film production company located in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Taqqut films have screened at festivals in eighteen countries, and have won over twenty international awards. Taqqut has established itself as an innovative leader in Northern youth and children’s productions, and aims to preserve the rich storytelling culture of the North.