Stickboy, An Opera in Three Acts
Music composed by Neil Weisensel
Libretto by Shane Koyczan, based on his book, Stickboy
Late last year, Shane Koyczan and Vancouver Opera asked if we'd like to partner on a brand new opera.
We had never worked with projections, long-form animation, or live performance (not to mention opera!) before, so of course we said: yes please!
Ten months later, our work is being projected over three massive screens, illustrating over 40 background settings and dark inner-workings of the main character in a 2-hour long stage performance called Stickboy. You can see it live in Vancouver until November 7, 2014 (visit for more info).
A collaboration with Shane Koyzcan and Vancouver Opera
Creative Direction: Leah Nelson, Jorge R. Canedo Estrada & Henrique Barone
Producer: Teresa Toews
Art Direction: Jorge R. Canedo Estrada
Concept and Storyboard: Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, Henrique Barone & Leah Nelson with help from Rachel Peake & Shane Koyzcan
Design: Henrique Barone, Lucas Brooking, Gergely Wootsch, Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, & Shawn Hight
Animation: Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, Henrique Barone, Shawn Hight, Nicholas Ferreira, Marisabel Fernandez
Animation Montage:
Voiceover: Shane Koyczan
Music: Hand Covers Bruise, Reprise by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Edit: Jorge R. Canedo Estrada
Here's a short breakdown:
The Trailer for the Opera:
Photos of the Stage by Tim Matheson Photography:
Maquete of the Stage by Drew Facey:
Artwork by Lucas Brooking:
Artwork by  Gergerly Wootsch:
Detailed Breakdown:
Monster Exploration by Henrique Barone
Logo exploration by Jorge R. Canedo Estrada:
Final Logo
Giant Ant Team at work
What an amazing 10 months!
Stickboy: Animations