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Film Synopsis

Working with award-winning filmmakers (Sea Studios Foundation) and animation studio (LAIKA/house) the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School produced a 10-minute film that reconnects its audience to the importance of the marine environment for all life on Earth, including human life. Unlike conventional natural history documentaries, the film title Once Upon a Tide, is a fictional narrative that blends the moral and visual elements of a fairy tale to inspire us to recognize the importance of ocean conservation. This modern day fable is an innovative educational approach that will be shown in aquariums, museums, theaters and schools nationally and internationally. Film distribution includes educational ‘take-away’ guides for viewers.

Directors' Biographies

Drew Takahashi is the emperor of Funjacket Enterprises and former chairman and chief creative officer of (Colossal) Pictures, a company he founded with Gary Gutierrez in 1976. Takahashi began his career working with George Lucas, Francis Coppola and John Korty on such films as American Graffiti, The Conversation and Who are the Debolts? Under his design and production direction--which ranged from live action through motion control and computer animation to classic cel--(Colossal) spearheaded the transformation of broadcast IDs into branded interstitial entertainment for MTV, Showtime, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. In the TV advertising world, Takahashi has directed spots for Coca-Cola, Honda, Nike, Budweiser, and GO Networks. His most recent projects incorporate his experience in advertising, branding and technology and include the development of branding, navigation and architecture for such clients as Excite, Americast, WebTV, Microsoft, VH1 and Replay Networks.

Gesine Krätzner Award-winning Director, Designer and Animator Gesine Krätzner is a native German with strong personal vision and a distinctively off-kilter, whimsical design style. Since arriving at LAIKA/house in 1996,Award-winning Director, Designer and Animator Gesine Krätzner is a native German with strong personal vision and a distinctively off-kilter, whimsical design style. Since arriving at LAIKA/house in 1996,Gesine has developed a television series and four short films, all of which feature her unique designs.

Gesine has also directed and designed ads in both stop-motion and CG. Highlights include her animation design work on LAIKA/house’s Clay People commercial for the American Cheese Board, which won a Bronze Clio and a Silver plaque at the Chicago International Television Competition and as Animation Director on the Cannes-recognized M and Ms spot Bowlful of You’s. She has directed commercials for both volumes of the German rock-compilation CD House Mission and has designed ad campaigns for Wonder White and e-sure UK, among others. Most recently Gesine was the production designer on the Ben and Jerry’s stop-motion campaign, a character designer for both ESPN Believe and the long-running Eggos campaign.

Before immigrating to the United States, Gesine spent three years as a freelance director, designer and animator in the British television industry. She studied fine art in Stuttgart and earned a master’s degree in Animation from London’s Royal College of Art. As a student, she completed five animated short films, all of which screened at major animation festivals.





Directors: Drew Takahashi, Gesine Krätzner
Executive Producer: Kathleen Frith
Producers: Mark Shelley, David Elisco
Screenwriter: David Elisco