The Dragon Prince Announcement
Jesse Stipek, a good friend of mine and a National Film Festival for Talented Youth award-winning director, has announced some details surrounding his upcoming film from Trico Films entitled The Dragon Prince. There are also some other big names attached to the new project as well, including the producer of the 1982 timeless animated film The Last Unicorn, Michael Chase Walker. Walker will be the writer behind the The Dragon Prince, a man who while overseeing the production of the The Last Unicorn, was invited to be the Head of Creative Affairs for Rankin Bass Productions. There he supervised production of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King (1980), Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980), The Flight of Dragons (1982), and The Wind and the Willows (1987). He has also written episodes for such animated television series such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1985) and She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985) and Dino-Riders (1988).
It sounds like a very interesting fantasy film! We will be keeping up with news for the film as it is announced.
Here is a press release for the film:
National Film Festival for Talented Youth award-winning director Jesse Stipek invites fantasy and dragon lovers to get involved with his next exciting project, “The Dragon Prince.”
“The Dragon Prince” is the wild story of a celebrated dragon-slayer. One day, he is magically cursed to become a dragon himself. It is only then when he learns what it’s like to be feared, reviled and preyed upon for sport. Quickly, he discovers more about himself, as well as the error of his ways.
This new original film is written by Michael Chase Walker, the producer of the 1982 animated classic “The Last Unicorn,” and former Creative Affairs Director at Rankin/Bass Productions. A 10-minute scene from the script will be shot before the feature film to help funding. The opportunity to contribute to the initial short film financially will be available soon on Kickstarter with special perks, including the chance to obtain newly designed DVD sleeves for personal copies of 1982’s “The Flight of Dragons,” signed by writer Jeffrey Walker, composer Maury Laws and art designer Wayne Anderson.
This ambitious and passionate project will be created and unleashed by a talented crew. Original music will be composed by Emmy Award-winner Carl Johnson (“Piglet’s Big Movie”), with performances from members of The Seattle Symphony. Visual effects company, BluFire Studios, will lend their visionary touches, along with additional artists working for Weta Workshop and Pixar. Cavallo Equestrian Arts, an equestrian operation whose history descends from Roman chevaliers and destriers, will provide horses and stunts. Acting auditions will take place soon with more information available on the official Facebook page.
“The Dragon Prince” is a Trico Films production.
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