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).
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!