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Chrystene is a director, designer, illustrator and animator with 20 years of producing under her belt. She has worked extensively in the world of live performance and puppetry, and creates short independent films, animations and documentaries. A maker and animator in large effects houses, she has worked on many films including The Nightmare Before Christmas. Her feature film Goodbye, Guy Guy screened at festivals in California and New York. Her second feature film, The Making of Toozle and Tinkle, is currently in post production.
Chrystene performed across Canada as part of Calgary’s Nebulous Rebels and Interlude Mime Theatre before moving to San Francisco. She co-founded Bindlestiff Studio, a professional theatre nearing its 20th anniversary, and Riot Act Theatre Company (r.a.t.co.), a theatre program that teaches art and theatre to at-risk youth.
Currently Chrystene is an MFA Graduate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Regina, where she now teaches. Her thesis project, Sisu – the Tom Sukanen Story, is a feature-length digital art film incorporating live action, 2D & 3D animation, and visual effects.
Article on Chrystene Ells in the Calgary Herald.