Movies

Animated Storytelling

Lights camera action! Using technology, cut out puppets and other animated objects, this immersive storytelling process involves research, writing, planning, team work, art making, computers and photography to create short animated movies focused on your curriculum and inquiry themes.

Suitable for all ages. Residencies may be tailored for one class, one grade level, one division, or for an entire school.  Activities can take place over one day, one week, or spread out over several months.

Elbow Park Elementary  K-6 students

Class Time: Once per week per class over several months.

Kindergarten
Grade 2
Grade 4
Grade 1
Grade 3
Grade 5
Grade 2
Grade 4
Grade 6

Alexander Ferguson K- 6 students

Class Time: Once per week per class over several months.

Kindergarten
Grades 1-2
Grades 3-4
Grades 5-6
Grades 1-2
Grades 3-4
Grades 5-6
Grades 1-2
Grades 3-4
Grades 5-6

Earl Grey Elementary Centennial Project K- 6 students

Class Time: Once per week per class over several months.

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Introduction to Animation

Class Time: One afternoon

Gymnaestrada: Introduction to Animation

Class Time: 1.5 hours

Our residency focus is on child-created work. Our processes celebrate children’s unique perspectives and encourage their individual artistic expression within a team setting. We do not follow a set program to which children must conform. Instead, we work with the school to tailor the residency to the needs and interests of students and teachers.
I had the pleasure of working with CAOS to create an animation production that involved our elementary school from Kindergarten –Grade 6.  They engaged and inspired both staff and students to create movies that brilliantly share our Social Justice message.  I would highly recommend this experience to schools who would like to develop visual literacy and story-telling through a creative medium!
 
Rebekah Graham

Principal, Nellie McClung School

It was our great pleasure to work with CAOS. The digital storytelling, stop motion and artwork skills they learned through our work with CAOS artists created a  profound message of social justice through animation and brilliant artwork that will live in the hearts and lives of our students.

Hildegard Bensler

Principal, Alexander Ferguson School

CAOS worked extremely well with suggestions and plans from students and teachers when they helped our school produce our short documentary to celebrate our school’s centennial.

Mrs. G (Joan Greenfield)

Music and drama teacher

CAOS is an exceptional team of artists in residencies. CAOS enhanced a collaborative working environment at Elbow Park School, where all staff and students participated and embarked on learning how to create captivating animated videos through iStop motion.  Our inspiration, What Do You Do With An Idea? By Kobi Yamada  that led our students in creating powerful stories illustrating the importance of cultivating and nurturing our community. Working and learning alongside one another, CAOS was able to incorporate our thoughts and ideas in planning, storyboarding, creating effective scenes and executing 2-3 minute videos that were celebrated and showcased as part of a red carpet event to our community. To our excitement the Grade 5 video, Mayor vs Wetlands, was entered and part of the International Film Festival.

Joanne Lambrinoudis

Assistant Principal, Elbow Park School

Our experience with CAOS was truly personalized. My students and I experimented with several animation techniques and experienced the real world process of developing an animated short. When our passion for claymation and creating characters went far beyond what the team was anticipating, CAOS readily altered their initial plan and created a custom 3-D recording studio, enabling the production of our award-winning claymation movie.

Laurel Austman


Grade 5/6 Teacher, Belfast School

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CAOS acknowledges all First Nations, Metis, Inuit, status and non, as caretakers of Turtle Island, and is grateful to the Blackfoot - Kainai, Sikiska, Piikiani Nations, the Dene - Tsuutina Nation, and the Nakota -Welsey, Chiniki, Bearspaw Nations for their patience and guidance as we understand Treaty relationships.

CAOS is based in the city of Calgary, also known as Moh-kins-tsis (“Elbow” in Blackfoot), Winsheesh-pah (“Elbow” in Stoney), Otos-kwunee (“Elbow” in Cree), Kootsisaw (“Elbow” in T’suu T’ina), and Klincho-tinay-indihay (“Horse Town” in Slavey).

The Elbow River gets its name from the distinctive "crook" as it flows towards the Bow River, which gets its name from the reeds that grew along its banks, which local First Nations used to make bows.