A first look at the Giant Bear.
A timeless Inuit story about a solitary man, a giant bear and their daunting foes: each other.
Centered on a confrontation between the last monster bear and an Inuit hunter, Giant Bear is a chilling short that brings an ancient story out of the North.
In Giant Bear, we follow a hunter in the depths of starvation. The snow is thick, his dogs are mysteriously dying and food is nowhere to be found. A quest for answers leads him straight to a nanurluk, an iceberg-sized polar bear, setting up a “kill or be killed” battle that pits one man’s wits against a fearsome foe.
Animated in a painterly, hybrid 2D and 3D style, some of the film was made using real time animation from Unity game engine, via the open source Scene Track plug-in. This traditional Inuit legend explores the power, beauty, and perils of nature through a meticulously handcrafted CG animation lens.
The score, by composer Tyler Fitzmaurice in collaboration with singer Beatrice Deer, bassist Michael Felber, synth player Parker Shper, and electronic musician Greg Debicki (Woulg), features traditional northern singing techniques woven into an ethereal soundscape to bring the tundra to life.
Teaser Music: Beatrice Deer Band
A co-production between Taqqut Productions (Iqaluit) and e→d films (Montreal).
Supported by Nunavut Film Development Corporation
QIA - Qikiqtani Inuit Association
Produced with the assistance of the National Film Board of Canada - Filmmaker Assistance Program