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25 Grads Up for Canadian Screen Awards

February 25, 2014

Twenty-five grads have received Canadian Screen Award nominations to be presented live on CBC March 9. The Canadian Screen Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television recognizing excellence in Canadian film, television, and digital media productions.  Ryan Andal (Interactive Multimedia, 2005) and Pietro Gagliano [Bachelor of Design (Honours), 2006] landed an incredible five Canadian Screen Award (CSA) nominations for their work with their interactive agency, Secret Location. Kudos, as well, to Michael Fukushima (Classical Animation, 1985), Executive Producer of the Animation Studio at the National Film Board of Canada, on receiving nominations for Impromptu and The End of Pinky!  The winners will be announced March 4, 5 and 9.

Keeping the Creative Ideas Flowing

After almost three decades in the animation industry, Michael Fukushima still gets excited about his job. “I simply love animation and always have since I first studied it at Sheridan. Animation combines virtually all of the creative arts - including drama, dance, painting and drawing, design and music - and more often than not, exceeds the sum of its disparate parts.”

Michael also feels lucky to be at the National Film Board of Canada where his current role as Head of the Animation Studio offers him a unique opportunity to meet new and inspiring filmmakers from all over the world. “I get to spend every day talking about art and animation and cinema, influencing films at all stages in their development. Those aspects of the job are priceless to me,” says Michael, who co-produced the Oscar-nominated short, Sunday in 2012.

A passion for producing work that resonates with people also fuels the creative fires of Ryan Andal and Pietro Gagliano. The duo has been honoured with hundreds of industry nominations and awards, including an Emmy, a Gemini, and a Canadian Screen Award for their innovative work at interactive agency, Secret Location.

While formal recognition is great, knowing that their stories have resonated with the viewer brings the biggest reward, says Ryan. “The most satisfaction I get comes from seeing an engaged audience in high numbers.”

That means constantly generating new ideas through brainstorming with others and exploring passions that may have nothing to do with your industry, he adds. “We never actually try and do the same thing twice. It creates a cycle of unique and entertaining work.”

Secret Location received CSA nominations for: 
    - The Next Step Interactive
    - Continuum Interactive
    - The Amazing Race Canada Interactive
    - Big Brother Canada
    - Perfect Storms Interactive

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima (Classical Animation, 1985), courtesy Lisa Bang Photography

Ryan Andal

Ryan Andal (Interactive Multimedia, 2005)


Pietro Gagliano (Bachelor of Design Honors, 2006)