ABIGAIL is an animated music video describing one of the historic exploits of Abigail Becker - "The Angel of Long Point. This video project evolved out of "NORfolk TALES" an outdoor theatre production presented by Backus Heritage Conservation Area, (near Port Rowan, Ontario) in 2017. The show was collectively written by local volunteers and produced by Anne Barber, Brad Harley and Ian Bell in partnership with Backus Heritage Conservation Area.

  • Ian Bell
  • Ruth Storey, Jenny Gedye, Peter Shebib, Debra Leedham, Ian Bell
  • Ian Bell and Shadowland Theatre
  • Jeanine Bouw
    Key Cast
    "Lead Vocals"
  • Chris Rait
    Key Cast
    "Bass & Harmony vocals"
  • Ian Bell
    Key Cast
    "Guitar & Harmony vocals"
  • Ian Bell
    Key Cast
    "Direction, Animation & Collage"
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    750 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Photoshop & AfterEffects
  • Aspect Ratio:
    960 X 540
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Director Biography - Ian Bell

Ian Bell (1954 - ) is an Ontario visual artist, folk musician and former museum curator who studied animation at Sheridan College in the early 1970s and then chose to devote his life to things he was actually better at. During the past decade he has worked with Shadowland Theatre on a number of outdoor theatre projects in Norfolk County.

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Director Statement

In 2017 an outdoor theatre production called NORfolk TALES was presented at Backus Heritage Village in Norfolk County. The show presented a mix of local historical and folkloric tales and was collectively written by the largely volunteer production team and cast, lead by Anne Barber, Brad Harley and Ian Bell. One of the scenes presented the famous episode in which Abigail Becker single-handedly rescued the entire crew of a wrecked schooner off Long Point in the 1850s. The song was written by a group of the participants and sung in the show by Jeanine Bouw. This video is one of several being created through Shadowland Theatre to preserve the show's stories in different, easily accessible forms.