Winter Village: The 3D Animated Movie
Winter Village: The 3D Animated Movie
An animated film based on the Alaskan legend of Adlivun, follow the mythical story through an epic landscape to this lost village.
An animated film based on the Alaskan legend of Adlivun, follow the mythical story through an epic landscape to this lost village. Read more
About this project
For over twelve years an Alaskan bush pilot, Charles Wilson has flown his Piper Cub, delivering small goods and medical supplies to and from the small remote villages around his base camp of Dawson City.
It’s a Friday afternoon and Charles is returning from one of his many flights to a remote village in the Yukon. Only this fateful trip is different, very different in fact. Charles experiences engine trouble and is forced to crash land his plane. Injured from his narrow escape from death, he finds himself lost and without hope in an enchanting, but unfamiliar place.
Like an angel, the beautiful mistress of folklore, Guillianna has come to Charles’ rescue...or has she? Loosely based on Inuit/Alaskan folklore, the Legend of Adlivun is one story that has not been told on the big screen, yet!
PHILLIP WADE (O'DONNELL), PRODUCER/CO-DIRECTOR
As long as he can remember, film-making has been apart of everyday life for Phillip, including creating a video which aired on Animal Planet in his pre-teen years. One of his early films with his brother, Tim Wade became a semi-finalist at a San Antonio film festival and he currently serves as the Production Manager for Channel K23. Phillip is also a published writer with a keen interest in the study of natural mysteries. Over the years he has gathered invaluable experience in many aspects of video production, which play an important role in this unique project.
TIM WADE, DIRECTOR
What began as childhood fascination with animation and visual effects quickly evolved into a profession. Beginning with simple 3D programs, he soon mastered Blender (open-source 3D software) and released a popular Jurassic Park model specially created for use with the software. After gaining experience through the creation of numerous short film dramas and becoming skilled in advanced 3D programs like Autodesk Maya, Tim is directing his latest project, Winter Village.
Endorsement by Rick Lord
As you may know, Winter Village is an ambitious project. However, the ever increasing reach of technology has put tools in the hands of filmmakers like us that just a few years ago only big-budget productions could possibly afford, such as advanced 3D animation software like Autodesk Maya. This enables us to produce a story that would otherwise be impossible to make. This is your chance to show Hollywood that a small team of dedicated independent filmmakers can produce an animated short film of stunning quality on a limited budget.
High quality 3D animated films are unique, especially when one considers the many specialized artists it takes to complete these projects. For Winter Village, this challenge has been overcome with talented professionals that already are participating. Whereas many film budgets have allocated large portions to set design, makeup, wardrobe, lighting, expensive camera gear, dollies, cranes and operators, Winter Village has bypassed these costs. This is allows Tim and I with our team to focus on enhancing the quality through developing the story further and implementing advanced 3D visual FX. The running time of the completed movie will be approximately 17 minutes.
Every aspect of this production has been carefully budgeted and will be executed in the most cost effective way possible - without degrading the quality. While our team members are located in Los Angeles, London and Portland, our studio, Ambition Pictures, is based in the Salem, Oregon area. This factor lowers the production cost considerably, enabled us to reach our goal of raising the bar in the quality of independent animated films.
RICK LORD (LEAD CONSULTANT/WRITER)
Los Angeles born and bred, Rick attended Chatsworth High School in the early 70′s and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1977. With over a thousand TV commercials and numerous short and independent feature films under his belt, Rick has since authored two books that deal with both, “Motion Picture Lighting for Still Photography” and “Independent Filmmaking from a Gaffer’s Perspective.” As a Producer and Director of Photography, Rick now spends his time working on independent films for the ever demanding independent film market in Oregon. Rick M Lord IMDB
DAREN HORLEY (CONCEPT ARTIST)
In 2000 Daren won a Primetime Emmy for his “Outstanding Special Visual Effects” in the hit TV series Walking with Dinosaurs. His work on other films include: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Clash of the Titans, Sherlock Holmes, Superman Returns, Underworld, and Primeval. He currently serves as head of texture painting at Framestore, located in London. Daren Horley IMDB
STEPHANIE SIEBERT (ANIMATION CONSULTANT)
After earning her master’s degree at New York University, Stephanie’s passion for digitally created natural phenomena & magical elements has come to life in feature films, shorts, television specials and commercials. Her outstanding credits include: How to Train Your Dragon, Puss in Boots, Megamind, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Journey to the Center of the Earth and One Rat Short. Stephanie Siebert IMDB
RICHENDA WHEELER (ANIMATION SUPERVISOR)
Richenda’s passion for animation began in the late eighties when she made her first short film on a 16ml bolex camera. Moving quickly into digital animation a few years later, Richenda animated numerous feature films including the Oscar winning ‘Happy Feet’ and nominated ‘I, Robot’. An eight year stint at The Jim Hensons Creature Shop refined her love of creature and character animation using pioneering techniques. Richenda continues to animate and supervise animation globally for film and TV. Richenda Wheeler IMDB
PETE VON SHOLLY (CONCEPT ARTIST)
Von Sholly has worked on over 100 feature films including: The Shawshank Redemption, Zookeeper, Garfield, Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, Disney’s James and the Giant Peach, Darkman, The Mask, The Blob, Nightmare on Elm Street III & IV, The Green Mile, Click, The Mist and more. Pete has written and illustrated three quasi-fumetti graphic novels: Morbid, Morbid Volume 2 and Extremely Weird Stories, (Dark Horse Comics) and three satiric magazines for TwoMorrows, Crazy Hip Groovy Go Go Way Out Monsters (2 issues) and Comic Book Nerd. Pete von Sholly IMDB
CORY KNOWLAND (COMPOSER)
TRACY GAILLARD (ACTOR)
Tracy is an accomplished actor with extensive commercial, television, film, industrial, voiceover and theatrical experience. Recent appearances include NBC’s Grimm, TNT’s Leverage, and commercials for Toyota, Honda, Ascend Learning, and Kindercare. Tracy Gaillard IMDB
JOE AARON (CO-WRITER)
A graduate of the prestigious American Film Institute, Joe is an award winning writer currently serving as a adjunct university professor of writing/story. He is most known for being the co-creator of Disney & Nickelodeon’s Doug TV series character. His work has also been featured on HBO, Comedy Central, and Cinemax. Joe Aaron IMDB
DAN SCHAEFER (STORYBOARD ARTIST)
Dan Schaefer has contributed his skills as a storyboard/concept artist to film and television productions for more than 24 years. His list of projects vary from animation, advertising, and feature films including projects for NBC, MGM, TNT, Nike, Intel and Cadillac. Shows include Leverage(TNT), Grimm(NBC), the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and films like Paranoid Park, Gone, River Why and many more. Since 2007 his film company, Filmbyframe, has produced 4 documentary features including Kings of the Road, Mania, Figaro and House by the Side of the Road. Dan Schaefer IMDB
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Risks and challenges
High quality 3D animated films are unique, especially when one considers the many specialized artists it takes to complete these projects. For Winter Village, this challenge has been overcome with talented professionals that already are participating. Whereas many film budgets have allocated large portions to set design, makeup, wardrobe, lighting, expensive camera gear, dollies, cranes and operators, Winter Village has bypassed these costs. This is allows Tim and I with our team to focus on enhancing the quality through developing the story further and implementing advanced 3D visual FX.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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