2012, Animated Short

Assembly is an experimental short featuring a rhythmic soundscape and paint-on-glass animation. It is inspired by the NFB’s Studio D (1975-1994), a production department aimed at creating filmmaking opportunities for women in Canada. The film is dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Shannon, a prominent editor and one-time Executive Producer of Studio D.

Being a fan of the type of experimental and highly artistic animation the NFB is known for, I had long dreamed of making a hand-painted film with them. I am forever indebted to Tracey Friesen and Teri Snelgrove, who gave me the opportunity to do it and assigned the meaningful challenge of creating a tribute to Studio D.

Painting Assembly

The process involved hand painting and drawing about 1200 images, using oil paint and marker on glass. Take a peek into the process here.

I was honoured to receive the KODAK “Spotlight” Award for artistic achievement from Women in Film and Television Vancouver for Assembly. It was nominated for “Best Overall Sound in an Animated Program or Series” at the 2013 Leo Awards, and screened at Cinefest, VIFF, the St. John’s International Women’s Film & Video Festival, FIFA, the New York Children’s Film Festival, Regard sur le Court, and the Athena Film Festival.

2014 Athena Film Festival

Nominee 2013 LEO Awards Best Sound Design

2013 FIFA Festival

Festival Regard Sur Le Cours Quebec

2013 New York International Children's Film Festival

2012 Vancouver International Film Festival

2012 St. John's International Women's Film Festival

2012 Cinefest, Sudbury

For International Women’s Day in 2013 the NFB chose Assembly to launch their 10-day online campaign promoting women in film.


Music & Sound Design: Gordon Cobb
Sound Mix: Chris McLaren
Cinematography: Kim MacNaughton
Gaffer: Vlad Horodinca
Executive Producer:
Tracey Friesen, National Film Board of Canada