Press Release from Red Giant Studios, LLC
San Francisco, CA, May 01, 2009 -- Red Giant Studios, LLC., a new animation and visual effects studio founded by Dalton Grant, Jr and Cindy Rangel, announces its plan to release its first CG-animated short, THE WAY TO HEAVEN, in July of 2009.
The film is the result of the collaboration between Red Giant Studios and that of Guilin Jieli Digital Animation, an offspring company from the founder of Jieli Publishing, which is one of the largest children's book publishers in mainland China. THE WAY TO HEAVEN, which is Directed by Dalton Grant, Jr. and Co-Directed/Executive Produced by Mier Tang, is a story for all ages and is told through both 2D and 3D animation techniques. THE WAY TO HEAVEN is the result of a small group of highly-talented Chinese and international artists (some of which having worked at some of the largest studios in the field) that came together to create a film that would not only be shown on a world stage but would help to represent a new standard in Chinese animation.
The two companies officially began work on the project in May of 2008, when production was green-lit by Guilin Jieli Digital Animation and Red Giant Studios officially opened its doors. However, the project has been in development since June 2007 when Dalton and Mier first discussed the possibility of such a venture. "Since the beginning of this film, our initial idea has always been to not just have a pretty film but, most importantly, to have one that tells a good story and this myth, in particular, just felt like the right story for us to do as our first project" says Dalton Grant. Upon its completion this summer, the film will be traversing the international festival circuit.
Currently, a teaser trailer for the short can be viewed on Red Giant Studios' website, www.redgiantstudios.net. Also in the works, Red Giant Studios has another short film in its pipeline and is currently in the process of developing its first feature-length film.