Production Diary 1 : Voices, Storyboards, Animatics and more

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Last 3 months went into extremely satisfying and creative recordings with the primary cast of the film. The sheer range of talent that has come on board is terrific. Although independent, Schirkoa is a large film with at least 10 primary characters, numerous secondary characters scattered across three fictitious countries with varied cultures, factions and societies.

Matthew Wade – a brilliant stage actor and a voice over artist from London is playing 197A – the protagonist. The nuances and depth he has brought to the difficult multi-layered character of 197A is astounding. Other stage actors such as Janna Fox, Bethany Blake and Emma Vane Roberts play a wide range of vibrant roles. The primary cast also comprises veteran voice actors including Kira Buckland (Nier:Automata, 5 centimeters per second), Jhonny Stone (PBS’s Black Jack Pershing), Quinn Kitmitto (Marvel’s Avengers Academy) with Vince Melamed (Mafia 3).

The CGI team Sushil Suryavanshi (Asset lead), Yash Soni, Milan Padhiyar (Animators), Sachendra Shukla (Rigging TD) and Yaning Feng (Character Designer) have already pulled an enormous amount of work in limited time. Sound designer Nicolas Titeux (who has already worked on the original short) will be returning for the feature film.
There is a mountain to climb from here as the running time from the intial storyboard-animatic has exceeded 100 minutes (it looks fascinating by the way!). But with a big heart and steady pace, we are on it!

Production begins on Schirkoa

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Things are now shifting gears for the feature film. With a highly ambitious script we are now rolling the cameras! (inside the computer of course). With a terrific cast from all over the world, a passionate core team from India, Singapore, New Zealand and France, Schirkoa is swiftly moving to an exciting phase of production. Expect lot of colorful posts in the coming months!

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You can also head to Schirkoa’s website to check on it’s festival run and release schedule. It has now been to 120 film festivals and won 32 awards. The short has been telecasted on Arte, Canal+ and many others before reaching on Amazon and Vimeo on Demand.

‘Schirkoa’ Feature announced at HK Film Market

A beautiful day for the bag-heads! Thanks to the wonderful friends at Aurora and 108 media for taking this on. Exciting times ahead.

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” Indian filmmaker Ishan Shukla will write and direct a feature-length animated film based on his award-winning short of the same name, with 108 Media and Aurora Media Holdings on board to co-produce. “

Coverage on:

Animation World Network (AWN)
Variety
Animation Magazine
Screen Anarchy
Animation Xpress