Company is handling sales on 3D stop-motion pic
L.A.-based Shoreline Entertainment has put up completion coin for Spain’s first 3D stop-motion pic, “O Apostolo.” Shoreline has invested a reported $1.4 million in post-production on the pic, which has a budget of $9.6 million. Company is handling international sales. Pic’s lead producer is Galicia-based Artefacto Prods. Rosalia Mera’s Rosp Coruna co-produces alongside Polygon Entertainment, which is handling post-production. “When we first were brought the project for help to obtain the bridging loan for post production, we immediately thought it would be a perfect fit for Shoreline,” Shoreline topper Morris Ruskin told Daily Variety. “The 3D visual aspect of this film will delight audiences everywhere.” “Apostolo” was screened as a work in progress to its finance partners and sponsors in July. Fernando Cortizo’s feature debut, “Apostolo” is an Agatha Christie-type suspenser set in a Galician village that lives under a 100-year-old curse.”I was immediately struck by the meticulous attention to detail and the fresh story. This is clearly a work of passion by many fantastic artists and an amazing achievement for an independent animated film,” added Ruskin. “Apostolo” has tied down musician-composer Philip Glass for the soundtrack, puppet director John George Craney (“The Lord of the Rings”), VFX supervisor Collin Miller (“Coraline”) and stereoscopic supervisor Tim Taylor (“Con Air”). Skedded for release in Spain second half 2010, “Apostolo” could well face off in Spain’s still limited 3D theater market for screen space and release opportunities with other pioneering local Digital 3D productions such as Juan Galinanes’ “Holy Night!,” produced by Spain’s Dygra Films, which goes out this Christmas, and Alex Colls’s kids tooner “The Happets,” produced by Galicia’s Continental and Abano and Catalonia’s Anera, set for an October bow. Artefacto is now casting voice roles for an English-language version. Artefacto sources told Daily Variety that rock icon Roger Daltry will sing pic’s main theme in the English version.