Animated documentary by New Zealand-based, Canadian-born director Leanne Pooley recreates the infamous 1915 Gallipoli campaign, one of the bloodiest and costliest blunders of the First World War.
Animated documentary feature 25 April is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival next week. New Zealand-based, Canadian-born director Leanne Pooley (The Topp Twins, Beyond the Edge) fuses documentary, fiction, and state-of-the-art digital animation in this astonishing recreation of the infamous 1915 Gallipoli campaign, one of the bloodiest and costliest blunders of the First World War.
Produced by Flux Animation Studios New Zealand, 25 April tells the story of a six individuals during World War One. It combines traditional hand-drawn animation with 3D animation and motion capture using the Vicon Cara 3D Facial motion capture system to create a uniquely visual cinema experience.
Comic book artist Colin Wilson (Judge Dredd) was a design consultant on the project, and his influence is evident in the graphic novel-style visuals. With over 115,000 frames of artwork, 25 April combines digital 2D with 3D modelling, CGI, motion capture, and hand-drawn backgrounds.
For information on tickets and screening times, visit tiff.net/festivals/festival15/contemporaryworldcinema/25-april.