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Next Goal Wins: A Feel Good Underdog Story

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The team at Switch VFX is proud to be a part of this inspired story. Directed by Academy Award Winner Taika Waititi, NEXT GOAL WINS follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001. With the World Cup Qualifiers approaching, the team hires down-on-his-luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team around in this heartfelt underdog comedy.

AVAILABLE TO VIEW NOW….. The Perfect Project, An Animated Short Film About Autism

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Charlie’s project isn’t going perfectly…and that’s okay.In fact, nobody is perfect, and that’s perfectly okay.

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Month please share The Perfect Project and it’s positive message of the acceptance of children with autism.Let’s change perceptions!

 

The Perfect Project short film (7 minutes) showcases four of the major challenges autistic children face with sensitivity and gentle humour:
  1. Social Interaction – Charlie has difficulty recognizing and responding appropriately to social and emotional cues.
  2. Language – Charlie’s literal understanding of language causes difficulty understanding colloquialisms, word lay and slang
  3. Expressing Emotions – Charlie repeats phrases he’s overheard and projects thoughts or ideas onto inanimate objects to communicate his feelings.
  4. Sensory Overload – Charlie has difficulty concentrating in noisy, crowded spaces.

 

The Perfect Project Synopsis  Ms. James puts her students in groups for the upcoming science fair. Charlie is too preoccupied playing with a toy train to join. Emma engages him by suggesting they do their project on trains. When Andrew boasts about his remote-controlled toy train Charlie contradicts him, “real trains aren’t remote controlled.” (1) When Emma asks everyone “lend a hand”, Charlie takes it literally and runs away. (2) He projects his feelings onto Terrance the train, a character from his book. (3) Ms. James calms Charlie by suggesting he write down all the facts he knows about trains for his group. The next day at the fair Charlie is overwhelmed by the noisy, crowded gym (4), Andrew gives him earmuffs which calms him enough to recite all of his train facts. The judges are so impressed that they award the group first prize for a PERFECT PROJECT.
Available only until April 30, 2023

For Inquiries contact:Anne Denomme, Marketing & Communication @ Switch VFX & Animation416-578-0017 OR anned@switchent.com

Creating a Diverse and Innovative World – One Girl at a Time

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Switch Animation continues to support Toronto’s Girls in Tech Conference, April 1st at U of T Schools, by engaging our partners at The Animation Lounge to teach a hands on workshop with Toon Boom animation software.

 

We are hopeful there are future animators in attendance!

 

 

Girls in Tech or GITCON is an annual student-run conference for young girls interested in tech. The conference targets girls in grades 6-8 and the participants take part in exciting workshops on 3D printing, programming, robotics and ANIMATION plus network with like-minded women and girls, and explore possible career paths in the tech space.

 

Many thanks to Toon Boom Animation for their support.

Switch Animation Debuts ‘The Perfect Project’ for World Autism Day

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ByMercedes Milligan March 16, 2023

 

Award-winning boutique studio Switch Animation (ZipZaps) is celebrating World Autism Day (April 2) with the global online release of The Perfect Project, an animated short film about autism adapted from the book of the same name by author, professor, TEDx speaker and award-winning psychologist Dr. Tracy Packiam, PhD.

 

“This film showcases the superpowers of autistic children with sensitivity and gentle humor, telling the heartwarming tale of how a young boy with autism and his classmates learn to collaborate on their science fair project,” says Dr. Packiam.

 

The Perfect Project is a passion production for Switch Animation, which strives to create content that inspires, educates and entertains. “It started in 2019 with the festival short ZOUA, a story of friendship, shared around the world, from the creative minds of a group of brave children fighting cancer,” Pete Denomme, CEO/Executive Producer of Switch explains. “With the The Perfect Project it was important to me to express to children what autism is in a simple, direct and honest way with the critical themes of understanding and acceptance.”

 

The team on the film included voice actors and animators on the autism spectrum as well as a behavior therapist who deals daily with children who, like the short’s lead character Charlie, face many situations that non-autistic classmates take for granted. Within the framework of the story, key elements of Charlies autism are proven to be his strengths as he is instrumental in helping his team.

 

To amplify efforts during April’s World Autism Month to educate, support and bring awareness of autism, Switch Animation is bringing The Perfect Project and Charlie’s adventure to a wider audience, to share his positive influence on the perception and reception of autism.

 

Watch the trailer for The Perfect Project on Vimeo and learn more about Switch Animation at switchent.com

 

Article as it originally appeared in Animation Magazine

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