Procter Bros. Industries is a video production, animation and design company based in Winnipeg's North End. Sean and Christian Procter have a long history of making things and doing things, and in 2011 they decided it was about time they got paid for it.
The company was founded in 1975, when Sean was born and immediately appointed as chairman of the board. Originally working mostly with finger paints, paper mache, and painted macaroni glued to jars, they have recently expanded into graphic design, video production and animation.
Spoken Word by Shane Koyczan. Procter Bros. contribution @ 5:26
This animated piece is the result of a group of individuals coming together and binding their talents in an expression of solidarity and compassion. I am humbled by the extraordinary efforts of those who selflessly gave their time and committed themselves to bring out this message in such a beautiful way.
My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways.
I wrote “To This Day”, a spoken word poem, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.
Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.
Produced for CUPE Local 500 and CUPE, “Our Winnipeg” is a love letter to the Winnipeg of our youth and a warning about the long term consequences of selling off public assets for short term political and financial gain. All of the characters, costumes and sets were crafted by hand and animated using a number of techniques, including stop motion and digital animation.
We made this video as an experiment to see if we could produce something in 48 hours. Rom Cueto was on board once again, and our local MLA, Minister Kevin Chief supplied us with the quote from Louis Riel that inspired the concept of the video. Rhayne Vermette, a talented film maker who works in her North End studio one block from our offices, also appears in the video.
In the end it took us three days, so I guess the experiment failed.
This was the first paid work we ever did, for The BC Teachers Association through Now Communication. It was the second animated piece we ever did, and was the first time we used digital animation. Working again with our partner in crime, Rom Cueto (an unofficial Procter Brother) we produced this commercial over the course of one week in borrowed offices, pulling a number of all nighters to get it done on time. Who new a 30 second commercial was so much work.