Polyester Studio Award for Motion: Sleep Paralysis

By Helena Kim, York University/Sheridan College, Toronto/Oakville, ON


Award sponsored by Polyester Studio


Hand-animated and pieced together at 12 frames per second, this motion graphics video is a 90-second narrative sequence created by combining sound and kinetic typography to accurately portray the sleep paralysis experience. Grungy-textured brushes and the black and white colour was used to show shadowy figures, darkness and the fear of the unknown that is experienced in the state of sleep paralysis.


OFF Original Soundtrack: “Silencio” and “Clockwork” by Alias Conrad Coldwood.


Educator Support: Zab Hobart RGD



Honourable Mentions:

  • Learning Hangeul by Nicole Lee Provisional RGD, York University, Toronto, ON
  • AIR (Augmented Intelligent Reality) and Packaging: Designing for socially sustainable practices by Allan Gomes, York University, Toronto, ON
  • Mindfuel by Daria Khazova Student RGD, George Brown College, Toronto,ON
  • We Are Not Amused by Kaitlin Calbery, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON





Seowon Bang RGD

Seowon is a multifaceted creative whose skills span across graphic design, branding, illustration, video production, motion graphics, web design, and creative direction. With over 10 years of experience working primarily with the arts and non-profit organizations, she excels at utilizing her diverse experiences and skillsets to maximize their charitable impact and further their mission in a visually cohesive way. Her clients and employers include Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, City of Toronto, Obsidian Theatre Company, Art Canada Institute, National Ballet, Ryerson University, Luminato Festival, and more. Seowon is currently serving as Creative Director at TEDxToronto and Senior Designer at Underknown.


Jeremy Dimmock, Partner at Polyester Studio in Toronto, ON

After working in corporate branding and with entertainment designstudios across North America, Jeremy returned to Toronto to launch his own motion design and animation studio. He’s picked up awards from the usual places for his work for brands that include Nike, Sony and Target, and now advocates strongly for spending resources to help tell stories that are meaningful, important and help change the world for the better.


Josh Dudych RGD, Director of Creative Services, True North Sports + Entertainment. 

Now in his 14th year at TNSE, Josh leads a Creative Services department responsible for the brand creative of a diverse set of brands ranging from the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose pro hockey franchises, to two performance venues, a summer camp, a food hall and boutique grocery, a luxury apartment, a charitable foundation, a chain of sports retail stores, and more — seeing growth that has tripled the size of his company since his hiring. With a team currently comprised of five designers and three photo staff, they have been responsible for the design, branding and photo needs of the largest sports and entertainment business between Toronto and Calgary.


Steven Efondo, Senior Graphic Designer at Champion Petfoods LP in Edmonton

With his leadership, work ethic, teamwork and design sense, Steven has been a true asset to the marketing team at Champion and has been overseeing the creatives from the export team and working a team lead to the creative team in the company. Prior to joining Champion, he has 17 years of freelance experience in the design industry, with clients in Toronto and US.

Brandon Grail, Senior Motion Designer at Canada Life in London, Ontario
Brandon is a design fanatic who embraces inspiration and creativity in everyday life. Since graduating from Fanshawe College for graphic design, his work has been credited with the 2021 Communicator Award of Distinction and the RGD’s own 2019 In-House Design Award of Merit. Brandon is currently a senior motion designer on a small team of like-skilled designers at Canada Life.



David Nuff RGD

In 2010, David caused extensive delays to European travel when he erupted in a fit of rage and fury. On second thought, that might have been the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Yep, it was definitely the volcano. So what was David doing in 2010? Designing a Nintendo Wii game where you catch fish. In a submarine. It was a different time, OK?