If I Was God...

If I Was God...

In this short animated film, a Grade 7 boy’s mind starts to wander while dissecting a frog in Biology class. What would you do if you suddenly found yourself charged with God-like powers? Would you use them for good? For bad? Perhaps a little of both? The possibilities seem endless. Oh to have the power to toy with life and death, to create monsters who can punish those who torment him daily, or better yet, to create that one perfect day with Lily, the love of his 12-year-old life!

Drawing inspiration from the filmmaker’s own memories and using a variety of animation techniques, from traditional animation to stop-motion puppets and more, this darkly whimsical short explores the difficult gateway between childhood and adolescence, when the approaching power of adulthood is often mistaken for omnipotence.

If I Was God is the latest offering from two-time Oscar®-nominated animator (The Cat Came Back, Strange Invaders) and long-time NFB collaborator Cordell Barker.

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  • voice
    Cordell Barker
    Natalie Viebrock
  • foley artist
    Andy Malcolm
    Goro Koyama
    Sandra Fox
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • script consultant
    Jason Sherman
  • technical director
    Éloi Champagne
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima
    David Christensen
  • writer
    Cordell Barker
  • director
    Cordell Barker
  • design
    Cordell Barker
  • editor
    Cordell Barker
  • stop motion animation
    Sylvie Trouvé
    Dale Hayward
    Cordell Barker
  • 2D animation
    Cordell Barker
  • cinematographer
    Stephanie Weber Biron
  • sets
    Deborah Sullivan
    Samantha Scafidi
  • puppets
    Cordell Barker
  • original music
    Luigi Allemano
  • sound design
    Luigi Allemano
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Padraig Buttner-Schnirer