The Grandfather Drum (Short Animation Film)

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My Role

I am the co-producer, production designer, illustrator and storyboard artist of the short animation, The Grandfather Drum. This beautiful film, directed by Michelle Derosier, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival! Along with my role developing the visuals of the film, I also designed the promotional creative.


As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, a grandfather builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people from sickness.
This unique animation follows the story of Naamowin’s drum, a drum revered for it’s healing powers by the Anishinabek of the upper Barrens River. Upon the death of his grandson, Naamowin builds a healing drum given to him in a dream that can restore life. However, Christianity and government have other plans that disrupt the delicate balance between the sky-world and the underworld.

Film Credits

Film By: Michelle Derosier
In Association with: Thunderstone Pictures and Stem to Stern Design Co.
Narrator: Michelle Derosier
Story Consultant, Translator: Fred Suggashie
Composer: Elizabeth Hill
Sound Production: Zoe Gordon
Animator, Editor: George Renner
Production Designer, Illustrator: Sonya Lacroix
Story Editor: Dave Clement
Writer: Michelle Derosier
Associate Producer: Dave Clement
Producers: Michelle Derosier and Sonya Lacroix
Director: Michelle Derosier


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