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Test Screening Concluded!

The Levare animatic test screening concluded last month, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. We received some very helpful feedback, and it was really interesting what each person focussed their feedback on, and also what people agreed and disagreed on. Overall, the film received an average rating of 82%! That’s pretty good for an animatic! Here’s what some viewers had to say:

“...a visually stunning story that captures the spirit of adventure and the power of human connections.”

“ imaginative and original story that allows for interpretation and is both engaging and uplifting.”

“An uplifting short film that shows the victory of light and experience over darkness and adversity through perseverance and friendship.“

The animatic is currently being revised, with the help of animation editor Luke Mackay (The Lego Movie), in response to feedback from the test audience and others. We’re confident we’re on track to produce a great film. Thanks to all who participated!

A key contributor to the Levare animatic was story artist Grant Harris from Studio GH. Studio GH is involved in the pre-production of films and games projects, from storyboarding through to cinematic pre-visualisation. They create the first visuals to get a story from words on a page to a tangible proof of concept.

Grant initially came on board in 2016, but pre-production on Levare was put on hold. He was asked to return earlier this year to tackle a chase sequence that we just weren’t happy with. Grant’s skill and experience and fresh perspective did not disappoint. We’re thrilled with the result, and you can now watch this scene from the animatic on the Studio GH website here! We promise there are no spoilers!

Last month we announced artist Liuda Neznakhina would produce a colour script for Levare. A colour script consists of rough illustrations based on storyboard panels that focus on colour. Liuda has over 5 years experience in visual development for games and animation and was asked to establish the mood and tone throughout the film using colour and light. You can see examples of her previous work here.

We were very excited to be working with such a talented artist, and she’s actually just finished! Liuda was a joy to work with and she’s done an amazing job. We’ll be sharing (some of) the colour script with you all soon. Below you’ll see 1 of the 50 panels Liuda produced for it.

As the film continues to develop, Liuda will return once we go into production to complete a revised, expanded, and more detailed colour script. We’re very much looking forward to working with her again.

We’ll be taking some time off over the next few weeks, but we’re anticipating maintaining the recent momentum of Levare’s production and will have many more updates to share in the new year!

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