Film and Media
Arts and Science
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Room 334
Alex Jansen is Owner and Operator of Pop Sandbox, an award-winning multimedia production and publishing company focused on innovative storytelling across platforms. He is currently Creative Producer of LOUD on Planet X, an arcade-style indie music game for PlayStation 4, PSVita, Steam, iOS and Android, featuring a cross-section of top indie artists including Tegan and Sara, Purity Ring, METZ, Metric, Lights, July Talk, F*cked Up, Cadence Weapon, Austra and more.
Most recently, Jansen was Producer and Game Designer on Pipe Trouble, a high-profile video game exploring ongoing real-world issues related to the exploitation of natural gas that was a special presentation at the Cannes Film Festival. Pop Sandbox' inaugural release was KENK: A Graphic Portrait, a best-selling hybrid of graphic novel, documentary, and long-form journalism surrounding "the world's most prolific bicycle thief" (The New York Times), currently being developed as a fully animated film. Pop Sandbox's follow-up was The Next Day, both a traditional print graphic novel and separate interactive animated documentary online that was selected for the New York Times reading list and nominated for a Best Interactive Award at the Banff World Media Festival.
Alex Jansen has been invited to speak on Pop Sandbox’ unique cross-platform storytelling approach at the Cannes Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Ottawa International Animation Festival, CFC Media Lab, the University of Toronto, Brock University, Ryerson University, McMaster University, Humber College, Durham College, Sheridan College, Centennial College, the Ontario College of Art & Design’s Executive Master of Design in Advertising Program and many more. He has also been invited to develop and instruct an award-winning Business of Media special topic course at Queen’s University, where he originally studied Film.
Prior to founding Pop Sandbox, Jansen spent four years building the home entertainment division at Mongrel Media, Canada's premiere independent and foreign film distribution company. He is also Founder of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, which is currently entering its 16th year.