TV & feature producer Wind Dancer Films will finance animated feature film from leading animation studio Brown Bag Films.
Los Angeles -- Wind Dancer Films and Brown Bag Films announced that they have teamed to produce Nightglider, the first animated feature for both companies. Wind Dancer will secure financing for the project through a combination of international and domestic sales and its own equity as the company has done for its live-action feature projects. Brown Bag Films’ Gregory R. Little will produce with Wind Dancer principals Matt Williams and David McFadzean, president Dete Meserve and head of production Judd Payne. Little developed the project and brought it to Brown Bag upon joining the company.
Nightglider will be directed by Brown Bag Films co-owner and creative director Darragh O’Connell, who has helmed some of Brown Bag’s most successful television series including Olivia on Nickelodeon and The Octonauts on Disney Junior, and produced both of the company’s Oscar-nominated short films. The script by Jeremy Shipp tells the story of a flying squirrel raised as a tree squirrel who becomes convinced that he’s a super-hero when he discovers that he can fly.
Brown Bag Films will serve as the lead animation studio for the production, bringing its experience as producer of some of the world’s most successful family entertainment along with access to Ireland’s significant production incentives.
The companies will now work together to select an international sales agent and explore co-production opportunities starting at this year’s American Film Market. The film is slated to start pre-production in early 2013.
Little said, “Wind Dancer has an amazing track record and I’m delighted to have their creative point of view and experience in finance and distribution.”
Speaking for Wind Dancer, Meserve said, “We fell in love with the script from the first read and are big fans of Brown Bag’s work in family entertainment.”
Nightglider was developed with support from the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.
Source: Brown Bag Films
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.