Britannian artists ltd January 2014
Annie ashford lived a pretty normal life, at least until she met her husband, he’s an elf by the way. One thing led to another and they were married. She had a baby boy whom they named Keekin. Will Annie and her husband be able to raise their son in the cruel and unforgiving world that waits just out their front door? and will Keekin ever find a friend?
Born from two worlds, raised as one family.
When their race is in danger of dying out due to the dwindling of their forest home, the Elves make the hard decision to make their presence known to humanity in order to integrate and survive. Turmoil ensues as the two races struggle to coexist, yet amongst all of this young park ranger Annie Ashford meets and falls in love an Elf named Cynefrid.
Annie bears a son whom she names Keekin after an Elven term for little star (hence the title). Annie and Cynefrid attempt to raise their son together despite the societal barriers that try to block their path. Keekin himself tries to find his place in the world, while fighting the prejudices that been handed down from the previous generations. Will this this family pull through or will the world’s lack of empathy tear it apart?
Little Star is a fantasy tale of a family finding their way in the world. The script has been constructed with the intention of showcasing the talents of British based animators and voice talent.
Little Star can be viewed as microcosm for racism as the story is told through children. The racism is shared between the Human and Elven children, which enable us to explore the matter in a more fantastical sense while questioning the true extent of our attitude towards those different from ourselves and are tendency to view them as things rather than people.
The film will also show how these barriers won’t stand in the way of life (Keekin himself is the product of a Elven father and a Human mother, which reinforces this idea). The narrative can also show how prejudice can carry over from one generation to the next and it affects children’s attitude towards themselves and others. This film carries favourable morales that are culturally relevant for modern multi-cultural Britain, the film will also deliver these morales in way that children would be able to understand.
The film will also resonate with adults as despite the fantastical elements the story revolves around a mixed race couple trying to raise their son in a world full of prejudice from both sides. There are many families in the world who experience this kind of hardship and it is a topic that many adults can understand. The film shares many connotations with Mamoru Hosoda’s Wolf Children (Hosoda 2012) and Disney’s Tarzan (Buck 1999), both film’s narratives are structured around characters who are a product of two very different worlds, the raising of a family element was drawn from Wolf Children and the two worlds conflicting can be seen in Tarzan as he is human living like a gorilla.
Speaking of Disney, with them not making any more 2D animated features for the foreseeable future (Child 2013), it will grant us a chance to experiment with new animation styles without being overshadowed by the Disney style which has held a strangle hold on western 2D animation for years, which can be attested to in the following quote “Traditional animation is labour-intensive, time consuming and (at least for large films) completely moribund in terms of style thanks to the stranglehold that Disney has had for many decades. To say that audiences have been overly attuned to their house style is to admit that every imitator coming behind them knew as much too.” (Kenney 2013)
In terms of predicting the profits of the film 2D animated films seem to have fallen by the wayside at the box office however this has not stopped them making money. For example the critically acclaimed French/American film Persepolis (Paronnaud and Satrapi 2007) was not a major success at the box office but yet it remains to this day on Amazons top 100 best selling foreign films (Amazon 1996). This proves that there is a potential audience that will seek out the film and the theatrical release can be seen as a way to draw eyes to the film. Persepolis also proves that animated films can tell a more mature story and have enough staying power to remain within the minds of audiences well after it’s theatrical release.
For this film a Director and Writer with experience in producing feature length British based productions is required. For instance Steve Box is a British animation director who has years of experience working in animation (IMDB 1990).
In terms of voice there is wealth of talent to draw upon from Websites such as Voiceovers.co.uk (Voiceovers Ltd 2014)
Mark Mason Animation
For Animation there is Mark Mason Animation (Mason 2007), a company with an extensive backlog of British 2D animated features including “The First Snow of Winter” (Ralph 1998) and “The Forgotten Toys” (Ralph 1995)
Britannian Artists Ltd
Britannian artists is a new company that was assembled to produce this film. In regards to funding we intend to produce a short film based off of our script and show it at film festivals like London film festival and Edinburgh international film festival in order to garner attention and interest for investment.
Wolf Children (Hosoda 2012)
Box Office: $50.000.000+ (2012’s Fifth highest grossing film in Japan) (Manga 2013)
Disney’s Tarzan (1999)
Box Office: $171,085,177 (IMDB n.d.)
Budget, Schedule and Finance
Pre-production: September 18th-December 21st 2014
Production: January 4th-March 5th 2015
Post-Production: March 5th-August 15th 2015
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