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Red Kite Launches Film Company With Feature-Length Animation

First foray into theatrical-release animation features (August 18, 2004)

Nocturna (click for larger image)

Nocturna (click for larger image)

Award-winning animation production company Red Kite announces the launch of Red Kite Films with a major new feature-length film Nocturna. The film, a collaboration with Filmax Animation (Spain) and Animakids (France), sees Red Kite making its first foray into theatrical-release animation features and guarantees an exciting future for the company.

Nocturna tells the story of Tim, an orphan who sees a star fall from the sky and is instantly transported into a world of dreams, darkness, and the mysteries of the night. The film builds on Red Kite’s reputation for creating highly stylised, visually distinctive animations. Featuring 2D and 3D CGI techniques, and with an initial budget of around €10m, Nocturna will attract audiences of all ages. Production on Nocturna commences later this year, and the film is set for theatrical release at Christmas 2006.

Story and Script Editor, Philip LaZebnik, brings a wealth of talent and experience on board, holding screenplay credits for the huge Disney animations Pocahontas and Mulan in addition to his work as Story Consultant on the DreamWorks productions Shrek and Antz. Adrian Garcia and Victor Maldonado, directors of Nocturna, also hold writing credits along with Teresa Vilardell and Philip LaZebnik. Nocturna is being produced by Ken Anderson, Philippe Garell and Paco Rodriguez.

Ken Anderson, Managing Director of Red Kite Productions, says: “We are confident that Nocturna represents another huge step forward in the recent renaissance in European animation. Nocturna is just the beginning of our work with our European partners, as Red Kite Films will go on to produce a range of animations currently in development. Our success in making Nocturna a reality underlines not only our strength in the marketplace, but the strength of the Scottish animation industry as a whole and its fantastic pool of creative talent.”

Red Kite will base production for Nocturna at its brand new facility in Edinburgh, Scotland. Offering the very best technical facilities in Scotland, the new development aims to make Red Kite the most extensive and largest employer in 2D animation. Officially opening at the end of this year, Red Kite’s new facilities will house everyone currently involved in feature production, as well as all future feature projects. As a result of their expansion, Red Kite will be looking to hire a wealth of new production and animation staff.

“The opening of this facility is not only part of our strategic expansion, but again proves that Scotland is world-class in terms of animation,” adds Ken Anderson.

Scottish Screen Chief Executive, Steve McIntyre, says: “Red Kite is at the cutting edge of screen animation, and its involvement in Nocturna is proof of the quality of work that is coming out of Scotland. Red Kite has demonstrated that high artistic production values really do matter, and it is paving the way for other Scottish animation companies.”

Sylvain Chomet, award-winning director of Belleville Rendezvous, added his own praise of Red Kite: “Red Kite’s work in animation has set a high benchmark in artistic quality, and I’m delighted that they have won a commission for their first major feature. Red Kite Films is a company to watch – they are capable of achieving big things.”

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Shadow Minister for Transport, Tourism and Telecommunications, offered his personal support for the project: “Red Kite’s success to date is a fine example of all that is best about the creative industries of Scotland. I believe that the ambition of Red Kite Films in the Nocturna project concretes their status as innovators and standard bearers for animation in Scotland and beyond. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the finished product and their future success.”

About Red Kite
Established in 1997, Red Kite is one of Scotland’s most innovative screen animation companies. Based in Edinburgh, with a reputation for creative flair and imagination, Red Kite has produced a range of short films, TV series and commercials – many of which have gone on to win awards.

The Red Kite portfolio includes: The Green Man of Knowledge (S4C) winner of the Jim Poole Award 2001 and nominated for BAFTA New Talent Award 2000; Lunar Jig (Channel 4) winner of the Spirit of Moondance Award 2002; Night Windows (Channel 4) winner of the BAFTA New Talent Award 2002; the BAFTA-nominated 64 Zoo Lane; the Jim Poole Award 2004 nominated The Tree Officer; and BAFTA Award-winning Pablo the Little Red Fox. Red Kite has also produced a range of TV commercial work for companies including Inverclyde, Bank of Scotland, Harrods, The Sunday Herald and UNICEF.


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