Animator Dale Hayward directs intro video for Cirque du Soleil’s Safewalls project

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I might already have told you I’m all about young, talented people doing well for themselves. A person who doesn’t disappoint in this department is ex-Hothouser and sometime NFB animator Dale Hayward, now of La moustache. Earlier this week, Dale released this spiffy short video he made for Safewalls, a new Cirque du Soleil visual arts project.

Starting next month, Safewalls will commission 3 artists per month, in select locations, to create original alternative poster designs inspired by Cirque du Soleil shows. Here is what Dale had to say about his involvement in the project (via La moustache‘s website):

We’re very excited to be part of this art project called Safewalls. Curated by Cirque du Soleil, they have commissioned artists in different cities to re-interpret Cirque’s posters. Once the work is completed the pieces will be exhibited in a gallery show, along the way they’re filming the process, experiences, culture and putting it into a web show, that’s where we came in. They needed an intro, and we were more than happy to deliver.

Client: Cirque du Soleil, Safewalls
Direction: Dale Hayward
Production: La Moustache
Animation: Fred Caron, Dale Hayward
Illustrations: Sylvie Trouvé, Fred Caron, Dale Hayward, Florian Fiebig, Shannon Hayward
Music: Rachmaninov: Nocturne #1 – Performed by Josh Rager. Recorded, mixed & additional sounds – Kid Koala

*For more on Safewalls and La moustache, check out this mini-doc (by La moustache associate Fred Caron) about the Safewalls-commissioned painting he did with the En Masse painting crew. Good stuff.