KUALA LUMPUR: A multi-million ringgit animated movie about Christmas set in Middle Europe will be fully produced in Malaysia next year.
The film, called Nicholas Jingle, due to be released worldwide during the Christmas season, will be the joint venture between two local companies and renowned Hollywood producer David Winters.
The two companies – Real Pictures Sdn Bhd, a production house, and Go Real FX Sdn Bhd, which provides animation and visual effects, had formed Real Winters Contents Sdn Bhd with Winters.
Winters, who started his acting career as a child in Broadway productions that include West Side Story, said the animation would be the first production in Malaysia to use the cineshow technique and computer-generated imaging (CGI) effects.
“The cineshow technique is where real actors pop out of the screen dressed like the animated characters,” said Winters, who had directed, produced and distributed over 300 films and TV specials.
“They will then perform several scenes on stage with the aid of a special screen.”.
“We will hire and train local talents to dance and act like the animated characters,” he said after signing the joint venture agreement with Real Pictures and Go Real at Tanjong Golden Village in KL City Centre here yesterday.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis witnessed the signing.
Winters said the local filmmaking industry had a lot of potential to grow and it was also cheaper to produce animation here than in the United States.
“In the US, a movie could cost about US$120mil (RM439mil), but here it will only cost about US$20mil (RM73mil),” he said.
Go Real founder Aaron Ong said he was looking forward to working with Winters, as he had helped Winters in a previous film made in Bangkok called The King Maker.
He also said many young local talents could now explore CGI effects in filmmaking.
“Most Malaysian films are dramas and soap operas so they do not need to use CGI, but now more young talents are into animation production.”
Dr Jamaludin said local content industry players should emulate other countries, where the industry was a success, such as in South Korea.
He said there were a lot of young local talents and the Government also provided financial support to the industry.