Local talent sought for Okanagan-based children’s TV program

Could your puppet creations be the next Casey and Finnigan? Photo courtesy CBC

Have you ever wanted to be the one pulling the strings on a children’s program?

The Okanagan Film Commission says such an opportunity is coming to the value — though, not in the way you might think.

The Commission announced it is in the early stages of development for a multilingual locally produced children’s TV series to be based and created around the Okanagan.

“Before we begin hiring outside the valley, (we) would like to put out a call for any puppeteers or marionnettistes who are interested in an opportunity to design, create and develop characters,” reports local production manager Iain Hittel in a Facebook post.

The Commission is “looking for individuals with a passion for original creation, children’s theatre, education and quality children programming.”

Those interested in participating are asked to contact Iain Hittel through Facebook or by email at iainhittel@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, Kelowna-based Saturn Animation Studios, in association with Colombian animation Signos Studio SAS, is starting work on an animated series for children about the fun adventures of a Colombian condor and a Canadian beaver.

“The Condor is passionate and emotional in his Latin American way, while the Canadian beaver is kind and brave,” says Nazim Ragimov, the head of the Canadian studio. “Combined into one person, they would make a splendid character, but perhaps not a very engaging animation.

“But two characters with such different personalities make an explosive combination – just what’s needed to make a good story.”

The Canada Media Fund has announced it will support the project under its funding program for international projects.

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