With over 18 years of professional experience in stop-motion animation, Drew Fortier has developed a range of creative styles working on feature films such as Frankenweenie, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls and various short independent films, music videos and shows like The Shivering Truth, Jojo’s Circus, Celebrity Deathmatch and the Gemini Award winning Glenn Martin DDS and Life’s a Zoo.tv.
After earning a B.F.A. in film from York University, specializing in cinematography, he immediately found gaffer work at Cuppa Coffee Studios in Toronto. Within his first two years, he became the principal director of photography, leading the lighting department with a strong technical, lighting and cinematic skill set.
Drew worked very closely with Brian Johnston, the DP on Canada’s first stop motion feature Edison and Leo and has collaborated with various production companies, including Exploding Motor Car to work on some exciting and diverse stop motion music videos. He is currently in Portland Oregon working on Laika's next feature film.
Drew has a reputation as professional and efficient, managing large lighting crews, and maintaining up to 36 shooting units at once for various productions. Aside from lighting and cinematography, Drew has comprehensive knowledge of video production and Apple computers in relation to all aspects of stop motion production. He is also experienced in programming RTMC 130 Kuper Motion Control System's, and is knowledgeable on all current DSLR cameras, lenses and current stop motion animation technologies, including stereoscopic 3d animation.