First 5 California

Studio: The Mill
Role: Cel Animator

" Smarter Birds’ depicts parents reading and playing with their children while three lively feathered friends glide and swoop from frame to frame. The birds represent the three foundations of First 5: talking, reading and singing. "

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Agency: Fraser Communications
Creative Director: Bruce Dundore
Account Manager, SVP, Director of Client Services: Ilene Prince 
Art Director: Elana Polan


Colour: The Mill
Executive Producer, Colour: Thatcher Peterson
Colour Producer: Diane Valera
Production Coordinator, Colour: Robert Cohen
Colourist: Gregory Reese 


Production: Mill+
Director: Lisha Tan & Paul Mitchell 
Executive Producer: Luke Colson
Head of Production:  Elizabeth Newman
Producer: Richard Berman 
Director of Photography: Sean Stiegemeier


Editing Company: The Mill
Editor: Victor Jory 
Edit Assist: Natalie Wozniak 

VFX & Design

VFX & Design: The Mill 
Executive Producer: Luke Colson
Producer: Sumer Zuberi, Daniel Midgley
Associate Producer: Chris Lewis 
Production Coordinator: Jalisa House 
Shoot Supervisor: Lisa Ryan
Art Director: Lisha Tan

2D Lead Artist: Tom Van Dop
Lead Animator: Mikhail Pakhomov 
2D Artists: Robin McGloin, Scott Johnson 
Animators: Aly Tain, Connie Chan 
Character Design: Nathan McKenna  

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