The Torch: Be yours to hold it high

John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” has resonated for generations. In this 100th year of Armistice, a new voice has been given to his words with a modern interpretation connecting 1918 to 2018.

The story combines the use of animated WW1 still images with live footage. In essence, we see actions of the soldiers carrying a wounded soldier or fixing an ambulance engine, scaling a trench to go over the edge. New film was captured matching people to the same actions. Through the soldier’s sacrifice, we complete their movements and carry on, what they were unable to complete in their lives, 100 years ago. We carry the torch for them as we move through our daily lives with the simple actions of friendship, giving, love. 

The Vimy Foundation has generously granted use of colourized WW1 images. These unique, artistically treated stills were animated through parallax animation to help them come to life. Scenes and locations were then matched to each WW1 image, aligning them to follow one another in sequence making the connection from 1918 to 2018.

 

Thank You

This project would not happen without the generous support from our Canadian community who are passionate to remember those who came before us. In Alberta, Armistice100yeg Committee and The Edmonton Heritage Council was the guiding force championing the project from the beginning. Without them, In Flanders Fields would not have come to life. The companies and talented people who hold the torch high for Flanders Fields are:

 
 

The Creative Team

Narrator
HUNTER CARDINAL, Naheyawin

Director
BLAKE McWILLIAM, BackRoad Productions 

Creative Director
CAROLYN PATTON, Patton Communications 

Producer
MISSY GEFFEN, Geffen Media 

Music
MIKE SHIELDS, Jet Music 

Voice Sound Engineer
JOHNNY BLEROT, Blerot Sound 

Director of Photography
CORY JOHNN 

1st Assistant Camera
COREY SADOWAY 

Gaffer
CHASE GARDINER, CG Cinemaphotography Edmonton Production Rentals

Props
MATT VEST 

Editor
CAREY KOMADINAStudio Post 

WW1 Photo Colourist
MARK TRUELOVE, Canadian Colour

WW1 Photo/Stills Animation
JASON LUDWIG, Studio Post 

Colour
HERMAN ANSINK, Studio Post  

Casting Assistant
MARY-LOU DRACHENBERG 

Production Assistant
AIDAN BAUER 

Website Design & Development
TANYA CAMP, Bucketduck Inc.