Name

Daniel Gies

About

Places you can find me:



Website "edFilms.net"
Blog
YouTube Chanel
Vimeo Channel


Places I came from:



I grew up in Alberta in the Kananaskis Valley at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I started doing animation when I was very young, after an episode of Mr DressUp introduced me to the concept of simple flipbooks. By elementary school I was being commissioned by my classmates to make dirty pictures move. It wasn't long before my Dad, an inventor, had me in front of his computer using Autodesk Animator. My Mom, a painter, shared with me everything she knows about design, form, colour, theory and composition. They were my best teachers and my strongest critics. After a few years as the Film & Television Post Production & Editor Workstudy at the Banff Centre, I moved into the Animation Workstudy position and then eventually built up enough experience to venture off on my own.

I now live in Montreal, Quebec, running a small studio "e.d.Films" working on a variety of cultural films for the NFB, Nunavut Film, APTN and the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, as well as educational animation projects for The Science Alberta Foundation. We am always open to collaborate on imaginative projects that come our way.

Whenever I can, I piece away at my own film... I hope to finish it one day.

Below are just some of the film projects I have been involved in:


What To Do With CO2
WINNER : 2012 Silver Award of Distinction: Communicator Awards: Online Video - Education
WINNER : 2012 Silver Award of Distinction: Communicator Awards: Online Video - Non-Profit
WINNER : Made With After Effects Competition 2011
NOMINATED : Best Animation at the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences' Webby Awards 2012

Amaqqut Nunaat(The Country of Wolves)
WINNER : Best Animated Film at the 2012 SENE Film, Music and Art Festival
WINNER : Jury Award for Best Narrative Short : 2012 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION : The ImagineNative Film Festival 2011
WINNER : Best Canadian Short Drama at ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival 2011
WINNER : Cynthia Lickers Sage Award for Emerging Talent at ImagineNative Film Festival 2011
WINNER : Best Animated Short at The American Indian Film Festival 2011

Lumaajuuq
WINNER : Best Canadian Short Drama at ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival 2010
WINNER : Best Aboriginal Award at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival 2011
NOMINATED : Best Animated Short at The American Indian Film Festival 2010
NOMINATED : Multicultural Award at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival 2011

Qalupalik
NOMINATED : Best Animated Short at the American Indian Film Festival 2010

The Bear Facts
NOMINATED : Children and Youth Production Award at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival 2011
NOMINATED : Best Aboriginal Award at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival 2011

What Does Nano Mean?
WINNER : 2012 Gold Award of Excellence: Communicator Awards: Online Video - Education
WINNER : 2012 Gold Award of Excellence: Communicator Awards: Online Video - Non-Profit
WINNER : Best Animation at the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences' Webby Awards 2011
NOMINATED : People’s Voice Best Animation at the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences' Webby Awards 2011
WINNER : Best Animation at the 2011 Digital Alberta Awards

Aboriginality
WINNER : Best Animator or Motion Graphics Artist at the Alberta Film & Television Awards 2008

Location

Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Email

Phone

514-688-4234

Specialties

Illustration, Compositing, 2D animation, 3D animation, 3D Modeling, Texture Artist, Film/Video Editing, Music Composition, Sound Design, Graphics Design, Background Painting, Matte Painting

Skills

Maya, Z-Brush, Photoshop, After Effects, Mocha, Adobe Illustrator, Nuke, Corel Painter, Pro Tools, Sound Booth, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Encore, Final Cut, Avid Editing (Adrenaline System), Excel, Microsoft Word, Unity