An animated effort to reach the community

On June 6, Cedar Park Church in Delta, B.C., staged its second annual Breath of Life Animation Festival, using cartooning and claymation workshops to intrigue both kids and their parents.

Under the guidance of church member Ken Priebe, a faculty member at Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, church and community members were invited to learn how to draw a cartoon character, make clay models “move” for frame-by-frame storytelling, and do related skills. The event attracted nearly 100 participants.

The event included an animation “show,” lasting close to an hour, and Priebe ensured that one feature was explicitly evangelical. There was a barbecue and a social time, then to round out the 7-hour Saturday event, Priebe talked about animation as an act of worship, pointing to the Christian underpinnings in many beloved animated story features.

People were asked to register ahead, but one church volunteer quipped, “It’s just like Alpha – some did register, but most people just showed up! And, it’s wonderful.”

—Barrie McMaster

See also “The breath of life”

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