It Was A Circus
A puppetfilm based on the memoirs of "Lefty the Sodbuster" tells the true story of an unexpected encounter on the Saskatchewan prairie in 1904. From a Community History Book of first-person narratives called "Prairie Progress: Commemorating the Macrorie District" found in the Prairie History Room at the Regina Public Library in Regina Saskatchewan.
- Adapted, designed, and directed by Chrystene Ells
- Puppets, sets, and puppeteering by Chrystene Ells, Sarah Huber, and Amy Mantyka
- Additional puppeteering by Kristine Dowler and Noelle Duddridge
- Cinematography by Berny Hi
- Narration by Paul Gui-Crepeau
- Additional voices supplied by Mark Claxton and Berny Hi
- Post production and editing by Chrystene Ells and Tessa MacIntyre
- Banjo by Sarah T. Ells.
- International Puppet Underground Film Festival
- Calgary Animated Objects Society – International Festival of Animated Objects
- Cinema Saskatchewan on Access Television
- Reel Rave Film Festival
- A Night of Poetry & Film
- Red Rover (Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
1920 x 1080 Apple Pro Res
- The in-camera sunset was created using live-action lighting changes during the opening shot.