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53 STAIRS StudioBy 53 STAIRS Studio
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53 STAIRS StudioBy 53 STAIRS Studio
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a-tranzlatur sets out to depict two stories from a present time of Iran and from a supremely dramatic age of Saudi Arabia and Persia, circa 611.  a-tranzlatur strives to tell the texte intégral of Iran's Ayatollah Time under the skin of an unnerving myth, the Dragon-king Zahhak. The film is the clash of a historical paratext, i.e. Zahhak’s anecdote, and a current main text for the Iranian milieu which is the story of Hafez within the Ayatollah's ruling.  

'Behind the Scenes', re-tranzlated. It is not a second camera walking after the cameraman. It is to image the emotionality, impulse, the what-we-don't-sees and the mental mise-en-scene of the film and its makers. Who knows the Ayatollah's industry does or does not have a sense of criticism?! 

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The Making and Unmaking of History
The Making and Unmaking of History

The film is the story of Hafez, a 23-year-old Iranian undergraduate majoring in English translation. While Iran's recent years eerily have transfigured into a regular misery by the Ayatollah’s diktat, Hafez is the workingclass viewer. Hafez is the street-level viewer of the Iranian milieu while he is tranzlating the story of Zahhak.The drama of Hafez’s workingclass-ness is intermingled by the thriller of his tranzlashun of Zahhak. The reality of the Ayatollah’s figure is tattered briskly and largely into the spectral and yet earthly persona of Zahhak with two snakes on his shoulders eating human brains everyday to survive. 

It is more than 600 years after the birth of Christ.  The Bedouin Arabs have come to power as Islam is spreading across North Africa and the Middle East. Saudi Arabia 611
It is more than 600 years after the birth of Christ. The Bedouin Arabs have come to power as Islam is spreading across North Africa and the Middle East. Saudi Arabia 611

Eblis (The devil or Ahriman) appears to a prince named Zahhak and offers him secrets and power, but as part of the deal he must murder his father, the king, and he finds himself punished by having a horrible deformity: two dragon snakes burst out of his shoulders and cannot be removed. The devil convinces him that he can free himself from the snakes if he feeds them on a steady diet of human brains. Later, Zahhak decides to invade his neighbor, Persia and takes over Jamshid's kingdom. This story appears in the Shanameh (The Book of Kings), an ancient Persian epic, equivalent to the epics of Homer, Milton’s Paradise Lost and Dante’s The Divine Comedy. 

Check the film's characters at www.a-tranzlatur.com and explore on your own.

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Iran is now living in its post-2009 period. a-tranzlatur draws in a more naked form the parallels between the empire of a dragon-prince and a nuclear Ayatollah dynasty. a-tranzlatur wants to bring Zahhak as the motif of tyranny from old times into the streets of Tehran and set him next to the Ayatollah. It is the apocalyptic afterlife of Zahhak exhumed, ex-scripted, filmed, and animated. 

Join a-tranzlatur! To connect to a morphed image of Iran's past and present in motion.

The film is going to be shot digitally and then animated using interpolated rotoscope, an animation formulation in which our animators trace over the original footage of the non-fiction part for Tehran and Boston frame by frame. This will then allow us to blend the fiction part of Zahhak, which is also going to be filmed, into the non-fiction in addition to the utilization of VFX. The two filmed parts blended will deliver a unique animated manifestation as the finalized product. You could say that we are utilizing the arts and techniques of 'SIN CITY' and '300', all together in our a-tranzlatur.  

Check us at www.a-tranzlatur.com and explore the film on your own.

Independent media studio based in Boston. Founded in 2012, we create films, animation films and graphic novels. We are focused on a different machinery of imagination for film and animation production, the most focused one of which is the employment of neo-futuristic cinematography and rotoscope animation.  

www.a-tranzlatur.com. Experience our electric website for more updates and the full bio of our team.

At the present moment, we have completed the graphic novel/storyboard of the film, which includes the inked and colored panels. Our talented storyboard artists, illustrators, and editors unblinking worked for more than 15 months to turn our case-sensitive and tripartite screenplay into an unexpected work of graphic novel art. We have three different geographies, Boston, Tehran,  and year 611 of Arabia, all incorporated into one intense screenplay. As soon as the funding arrives, we will fully immerse into the filming and animation/rotoscope/vfx phases. We want to employ our uppermost dynamism to construct another first-string animation film. 

Plainly put, we are using the funding to employ more professional animators and computer programmers to expand our team and speed up our production as well as reaching out to major production companies. We are planning to shoot the raw film in 5 month and deliver the raw footages to our animation team for the major technologic maneuvering, i.e., rotoscope animation, vfx, editing, and music production. Our time estimation is to deliver the complete animation film in 18 months. This cumulative period requires an intense amount of 400 hours of man work per one single minute by around 20 professional illustrators and animators. After, we will hand the animated minutes to the editors and music composers to complete a 110 minutes long animation film. 

for more updates please visit www.a-tranzlatur.com 

 

Risks and challenges

Many conventional and and unconventional ones. Our dynamite assemblage of creators and doers are in unison for a dreamlike degree of animation in all stages, from the anecdotal line to filming, rotoscope and editing. In order to get to our éclat execution, we will be looking for more creative computer programmers and more premier animators to adequately put our inventiveness into the right visualization. The challenge is to do this timely and rightly.

Visually, in hindsight, the magnitude of a-tranzlatur's production and post-production requires more artists than we currently are to maintain the careful quality equal in every second. Therefore, our challenge is very centered in the rotoscope part of the production for which we need to expand our technological and human tools while keeping a careful eye on the clock.

Semantically, we need to remain the right and clear teller of a script which is a culmination of three stories, three tenses. Utilization of rotoscope and its intricacies should not sway our narrative line and its factual and fictional minutiae. Our mission is to employ this machinery to give life to a fantasy embedded in the realness of Iran.

* Sin City and 300 are registered trademarks of Frank Miller, Inc. The trademark holders are not affiliated with 53 Stairs Studio.

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