A FILM ABOUT OWLS & RAT POISON

Posted by Tyson Schoeber • Illustration by THRIVE Student, Anita • Last Updated: 05-07-2014

Inspired by an online article we stumbled upon, the kids of THRIVE created this film in 2011-12. Working alongside three passionate wildlife biologists, it really raised the bar in terms of our storytelling and creativity.

Much can be said about the efforts that went into it. Shortly after the film was finished, we published this story on our website. It explores some of our thinking at the time. The filming also caught the attention of a writer with the journal Scientific American Mind, who wrote this blog post reflecting on the day she spent with us. Several weeks later, she also published another article specifically about this film.

Poisoning The World went on to win TWO different awards in the Canadian portion of Panasonic Canada's Kid Witness News ContestBest Documentary and Video of the Year. Deemed the top film in the contest that year, it was sent on to Japan for judging alongside the best films from all 30 other KWN countries! While no trophies were presented that year and we didn't win any awards at the international level, there's little doubt that Poisoning The World has been our most-successful film to date.

The last word on this topic goes to THRIVE student Anita, who created this fabulous stop-motion animation entirely on her own. It includes more than 200 separate drawings and highlights her incredible talent.