About the Film

Le Gouffre (The Gulf) is the first animated short film directed and produced by Lightning Boy Studio, a young creative team based in Montreal. The film tells the story of two spirited travelers who encounter an impossibly large gulf on their journey and decide to build a gigantic bridge to cross to the other side. Even though the film has not yet been released online, the film has already made the news with the incredible success of its Kickstarter campaign, which goal was to help finance the post-production. Many were impressed by the passion and determination of the small team of three animators, who spent more than two years of full-time work to bring the film to completion.

The premiere was held at Cabaret La Tulipe on March 14 2014 in Montreal. Since then, the film is stacking up the laurels and has been selected in more than 20 festivals around the world. You can find an exhaustive list of awards, official selections and upcoming screenings on the PRESS page.

The official internet release is planned for February 2015.

The Team


Carl Beauchemin
Animation and Rigging

Carl has animated in various studios over the years, including Mokko Studio, Modus FX and Classics Animated. He directed the short film “Swing”, has experience working on TV series as well as feature films, and excels at both realistic and stylized animation. He is currently working at Pascal Blais Studio, in Montreal.


Thomas Chrétien
Effects and Compositing

A born storyteller, Thomas entertains a special interest for directing and storyboarding. He also has an undeniable talent for explosive visual effects, as shown in his student films “L’Ultimatum Ultime” and “Maximum Galaxie”. He is currently working as a Director and Lead VFX Artist at Hibernum Creations, in Montreal.


David Forest
Art Direction

After directing the student film “Le Cinquième jour”, David worked as an animator in the Cinematic Department of Ubisoft before moving to Modus FX. Since then, he discovered a passion for illustration, which led him to the creation of Mr. Cuddington to make illustrations for books and board games.