Cynthia Nugent, producer, play designer and animator
Jones Terry Jones was a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director, historian and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.
Tom Saunders, voice of the king, pigs, sheep and effects recording.
I met Tom at the Vancouver Ukulele Circle. We went on to create a picturebook together called I Want to Go to the Moon (Simply Read, 2011). Tom is a multi-instrumentalist who has written music for theatre & TV, including the opening theme songs for CTV’s Robson Arms . Tom wrote his first song at age 11, an ode to his guinea pig. When he’s not working as a televison camera operator, he likes to laugh, sing, and build things.
Judy Ng, Lead programmer
Judy Ng has 14 years’ experience as a software developer in the financial industry. She has a BSc in Computer Science from UBC and an associate’s degree in Illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Judy is also an artist and printmaker. She has exhibited at the Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition and the Wayzgoose Bookarts Fair. Her book of original drypoint monoprints, Love Stories from the Bible, was acquired by UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library. Judy is excited about combining her artistic and technical knowledge to create interactive story apps.
Trevor is a self-taught game developer and enthusiast with over 10 years of professional experience in programming and quality assurance. He has produced several titles for Windows Phone, played a leading role in iOS and PC projects, and worked on many large teams helping ship console games such as Ghostbusters and Army of Two – 40th Day.
Trevor is excited to be working on The King’s Ears. “There’s no aliens, nobody gets shot– it’s great!” It also gives him a chance to rekindle his love for interactive fiction and expand his knowledge of storytelling. “There is so much to learn from good picture books and kid’s apps, it’s insane. Children are brilliant. Adults are probably just as bright.”
Elisa Gutiérrez, graphic design, animation, editing
Elisa Gutiérrez is an award-winning designer, and author illustrator. Her book Picturescape was shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes, was honoured by the Alcuin Society and was the subject of a scholarly paper by the renowned Dr. Lawrence Sipe. She has designed over 100 books and specializes in book design for children. She has judged for the BC Book Prizes, and is a frequent guest speaker on book design in the Continuing Studies program at UBC. Her book design work has been recognized by prestigious organizations such as Quorum and Premio A Diseño in Mexico City and by the Alcuin Society in Canada. She received her BA in Graphic Design from the Universidad La Salle (Mexico City), part of which was earned at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design exchange program.
I have had the honour of working with Elisa on 3 books and a CD package and booklet for the CBC anthology recording for the Books for BC Babies project. Elisa was also the book designer for The King Has Goat Ears, the print book that this app is based on. She enjoyed revisiting the book in this new medium and was responsible for designing The King’s Ears’ text, navigation icons and menu. A mother of two, she made numerous insightful suggestions based on her knowlege of young readers, such as a reload button on every screen of the app so that children can instantly restart a screen and repeat its interactions, animations, sounds, and activities as many times as they wished. This is particularly desirable when small groups of children are enjoying an app together and wish to take turns at fun activities like cutting the cat’s hair or making a flute. Elisa helped with cutting up the illustrations in photoshop in preparation for animation and created some of the assets such as the pig hairstyles on the penultimate screen. Elisa brought her considerable picturebook experience to help and advise me with editing the text for the small screen. We tried to make sure that words and other modes weren’t redundant, removing words when the same information was presented in images, animations or sounds.