JAM Animations (www.jamanimations.com) is producing a short film entitled, "The Castle in the Forest". This is a short story based on a Jewish folk tale, about a religious man who encounters an evil force, unintentionally bargains with the devil - then outwits the entity with his cunning, bravery and faith.
Run-time will be approximately 25 minutes (final run-time to be determined by final audio track)
The selected studio will be working closely with a JAM Animations Director who will provide feedback and guidance throughout the project. JAM Animations will also provide the following resources:
Script and screenplay
Basic character designs (2-D sketches)
Audio rough track (for animatic)
Final audio track (with voice talent, sound effects and music)
The selected studio will be responsible for:
Final character designs, skinning & rigging
Background, scenery, props and location production
Virtual camera and lighting effects
Full character animation and lip sync
Rendering output to multimedia formats
The primary story takes place in 18th century Europe (1792, Ukraine).
There will be 2 "flashback" voice-over sequences in alternate time periods/locations. These will be created in 2-D animation and commissioned to a separate animation studio - to be inserted in post production.
There are about 20 locations or sets that will need to be created (a detailed list will be provided to interested studios) - a mix of interior and exterior shots - some in daylight and some lit by moonlight or flame (no electric light).
There are about 30 characters to be created - about 15 will have speaking parts. (a detailed list will be provided to interested studios) The majority of the dialog will take place between the central character (Shmuel), the Rebbe Wolf, Shmuel's wife (Dvoire), Yaakov, and the Old Man - other dialog is very sparse (a few short lines here and there).
There is an action sequence towards the end of the film that will require some fantasy/special effects wizardry (mystical serpents, wolves, flames, green smoke and other dark, mysterious and frightening elements).
There are a couple scenes that involve horse-drawn wagons/carriages.
In addition to some pre-production character design sketches - JAM Animations will provide other visual references for locations, props, costumes, etc, to maintain historical accuracy.