Creative Team

Chris Kientz: Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer

For the past ten years Chris Kientz has worked as an independent Producer and animator developing multimedia projects for commercial clients in both Canada and the United States. He has scripted, produced and directed award winning video, animation, interactive media and web sites for clients including Ritche Bros. Auctioneers and Digital Dispatch Systems. Most recently Chris has been producing CGI animation and interactive media content for the United States Department of Defense.

Colin Curwen: Co-Creator, Producer, Executive Producer

Colin has been producing commercial animation and independent productions in Calgary since 2001.

A life-long fan of classical and CGI animation, Colin received his CGI character animation certificate in Maya at Mesmer Studios in Seattle, WA, in 2000 before completing his classical animation training at Applied Multimedia in Calgary, in 2001.

Winadzi James: Co-Creator, Art & Story Consultant, Producer

Winadzi has been an artist, carving and painting, for the past 20 years. His culture, the Kwakwakuwakw nation, is his life's breath and gives him centuries worth of stories yet to be told in mainstream media.

He has received several awards for his carvings from local to provincial levels of competition. Coming from a large performing family, Winadzi has been a storyteller for as long as he can remember.

Joe Thornton: Producer

Joe Thornton is a Métis producer based in Calgary, Alberta with more than 25 years experience as a line-producer, producer, production manager and assistant director in the production of television, direct-to-video and feature film production in Canada and around the world.

His projects include Myth Quest, Nightbreed, Gunsmoke:Return to Dodge and Disney’s Krag.

Caleb Hystad: Director, Writer, Editor, Post-Production Supervisor

As head of productions for New Machine Studios, Caleb brings with his a strong sense of visual story telling and six years of animation production management experience.

After completing his classical animation studies at Applied Multimedia Training Center in Calgary, Caleb took on a wide range of creative roles in a three year turn at AurenyA Entertainment Group, where he conceptualized, story-boarded, animated, and directed several commercial and television projects.

Chris Johnston: Art Director, Writer

Originally from Bellingham, Ontario, Chris Johnston was raised in Calgary and has been able to explore his creative talents through many artistic fields. He began his career as an apprentice at the animation studio AurenyA in 1999, then spent time as a creative lead at a local games studio before joining New Machine Studios to work on the Raven Tales series.

Chad Veinot: Asset Lead, Lighting Director

Chad began expressing his artistic inclinations at an early age, frequently beautifying the walls of his family home with colorful paintings and experiments with sculpture.

Chad began his film career in set and prop design with F&D Scene Changes, creating various works for Disney and Paramount Pictures. Wanting to develop his skills further, he enrolled at Applied Multimedia in Calgary where he earned a diploma in modeling with concentrations in texturing and lighting.

Vince Smith: Director, Animation Supervisor

Vince started at New Machine Studios in 2003 as an animator working on small commercial and pitch projects before work started on the Raven Tales pilot episode, How Raven Stole the Sun.

As the series progressed so did he, moving from a junior animator to layout animator, animation supervisor, assistant director until in 2008 he completed work on Episode 19: The Games, his directorial debut.

Jeremy Klem: Director, Animation Supervisor

Jeremy began his career as a character animator and layout artist in an unusual way. He studied engineering at the University of Calgary and excelled academically, but after finishing an engineering artwork course at the top of his class, he decided to switch his focus and began studying art and design theory at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

Karl Bossler: Director, Animation Supervisor

Karl grew up in Calgary but earned his BFA (New Media) at the University of Lethbridge. This degree took the traditional concepts of animation, acting, drawing, composition, cinematography and body mechanics and applied them to the digital realm.