WIP:Harvie and the Magic Museum/Squeek/The Insects/The Meaning and Mystery of Life/The Paperman
Harvie and the Magic Museum Producer and director Martin Kotík (Rolling Pictures) is currently preparing the project Harvie and the Magic Museum, a 3D animation featuring the beloved Czech puppet Hurvínek, created 90 years ago by Josef Skupa. The aim is to attract a new generation of fans to this popular character and his puppet family.
Squeek Another project in development is being made by Robert Jaszczurowski, producer and co-founder of Polish production company GS Animation / Grupa Smacznego, and the directors Łukasz Kacprowicz and Marcin Wasilewski. At the moment they are working on the script, characters and backgrounds design. Squeek is their first feature animation and it has already received lots of interest from potential distributors and co-producers.
The Insects Jan Švankmajer and his long-time producing partner Jaromír Kallista have teamed up to make their last feature-length film. To a great extent this film is being made thanks to the loyal fans of Jan Švankmajer’s pioneering stop-motion animation from around the world, who supported him directly through crowdfunding. The film is loosely based on the play Pictures from the Insects’ Life by the Čapek brothers. The play, however, serves only as a background of the film’s story, which is closer to Kafka’s Metamorphosis.
The Meaning and Mystery of Life The Meaning and Mystery of Life is a feature project by Petr Vachler combining live-action, documentary and animated film. Vachler says that “The Meaning and Mystery of Life opens a new perspective on the world and our lives both in details and in seemingly big things. The consumerist world depends mainly on consumption, money and power and only sporadically offers a different take on the meaning of life. We are controlled by the aforementioned ’drugs,’ which spin an endless merry-go-round of emotions.”
The Paperman Another project in progress, this time from Austria, is being prepared by Johannes Schiehsl and the Vienna-based animation studio Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm. Vienna in the 1930s: crisis-ridden and ideologically split Austria regains a piece of its identity: the Viennese Wunderteam become European football champions. At the heart of the team: Matthias Sindelar – who, despite his fragile build, constantly fools his physically superior opponents with his sophisticated technique and ingenious wit, becoming renowned as the “Mozart of Football”. But the times are turbulent and Matthias realizes late that his world is facing devastating changes that confront him with an enemy who cannot simply be beaten on a soccer pitch...