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Aurenya To Animate 3D Segment For Stories From The 7th Fir

AurenyA, is about to start production on the next three half-hour specials of STORIES FROM THE SEVENTH FIRE for Storytellers Productions Inc. The computer animation and visual effects studio will be responsible for the 3D animated portion of the half-hour animated and live-action productions, currently to be shown on various Canadian broadcasters, including CBC National, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Vision, Access and SCN. The series includes three Canadian Native Indian Cree legends titled "Legend of the Giant Beaver," "Legend of the Caribou" and "Legend of the First Thanksgiving" that are inspired by the art of Norval Morisseau. Tantoo Cardinal (DANCES WITH WOLVES, LEGENDS OF THE FALL, SMOKE SIGNALS) will voice the main mother wolf narrator. AurenyA plans to use Maya 3.0 and their proprietary character animation software Gesture to animate the mother wolf and her three cubs. Bardel Animation Limited is creating the 2D animated Cree Legend portion of the shows as well as the Storyteller segments around the fire, which bridge the two animated visual styles. "It certainly is an achievement for us, and it's wonderful to know that we're working alongside studios such as Bardel. But, there will be many more positive firsts in the next year for this company," said AurenyA CEO Nicholas Acs. The three new installments of STORIES FROM THE SEVENTH FIRE are slated to air in the spring, summer and fall of 2002, respectively. Additionally, they will be expected to travel the international festival circuit.

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