Where to start.
It has been grueling 6 months of production. It was just not possible to write down the progress. We have built dozens of sets, props, characters, rigs and designs. The countless pages of storyboards are fluttering about everywhere (reaching almost 100 mins now).

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A still from one of the first scenes of the film

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.

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Primary Cast

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).

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A busy market scene from one of the three fictitious countries of the film

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!

 

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Studio 197A begins production on the feature length animation 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!

 

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

” 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

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This is rare. Bollywood recognizing and awarding a mature animated short film! Thank you Power Brands Bollywood Film Journalists awards.

When I and my wife were producing Schirkoa from our home studio we didn’t know we would be sharing the tables with Bollywood celebrities, film critics and industry giants. Getting awarded with stars and creators of last year’s critical Bollywood hits like Secret Superstar, Bareilly ki Barfi, Hindi Medium, Jagga Jasoos and more was slightly overwhelming.

Full coverage on Glamsham.

The awards are the first no frills, absolutely transparent Bollywood Awards where selection has been based upon voting only by film critics and movie journalists. The exact votes of each journalist is displayed online before the event. http://powerbrands360.com/powerbrands-awards.html

 

So 2018 has been good for Schirkoa so far!

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  • It will be screening in the oldest film festival in the United States, having existed since 1952 – the 66th Columbus International Film & Animation Festival.
  • Won the best animated short award at FICMARC – The Caribbean Sea International Film Festival
  • Premiered in Sudan & Venezuela.
  • Will be screening in the much awaited Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.
  • Other notable selections include Echo Film Festival BRICS (Russia), Independent Political Activism Film Festival (Greece), and Manipulate Festival (Scotland).

 

 

 

Vimeo-on-demand – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/schirkoa
iTunes and Amazon-on-demand on the way.

The short film has just finished 102 film festival selections and 27 awards (including Oscar long list and Best of Show at SIGGRAPH Asia) and still running strong worldwide.

I am now working on the feature length film from Schirkoa’s universe. So if you are renting, watching the film and sharing the news with fellow creators, it would already be a fantastic support for the upcoming film.

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Thank you Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) , asiatvforum & ScreenSingapore

Those were terrific 3 days of pitching at table no.9. You made the arduous task of networking and pitching rather exhilarating. For creatives looking to meet and collaborate with like minded people – this is a fantastic platform. I pitched the animated feature to a number of important decision makers and glad to know they find the project strong and interesting.

More on Schirkoa real soon.

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