Last year, I was approached to help develop a feature film based on the graphic novel, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown.
I wrote a treatment and then animated the following as a proof-of-concept for the general look of the film. I wanted to keep the really distinctive look of Brown's characters, which were really reminiscent of Harold Gray's Li'l Orphan Annie and Herge's Tintin. I chose to break from the look of the novel by not only adding colour but also by expanding the picture frame from the rigid square comic panels, to a Cinemascope format. I felt this would help to suggest the width of the Canadian landscape and the vast distances from East to West, which is a central theme to the story.
Despite generating a fair bit of interest, things (as is so often the case) fell through and it looks like the project is dead in the water.
But, since I never like hard work to go to waste, I present the short film here for you to see what might have been...