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Orbita Max Starts The Shooting of The Magic Tale

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Written by: Orbita Max
Date: February 28, 2008

The film is produced and directed by producer and journalist Jordi Llompart.

  

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February 2008 -- The audiovisual production company Orbita Max starts next March 8th in Namibia the shooting of the first Spanish film shot entirely in 3D for large format theatres, digital theatres and conventional 35 mm theatres. The film, with the working title THE MAGIC TALE, tells us the story of a girl's fantastic travel to Africa, where she interacts with other children, wild animals, trees and plants that show her the way to the world of imagination and to the meaning of life.

The film is produced and directed by producer and journalist Jordi Llompart, who counts with the collaboration of the director of photography Tomás Pladevall, the director of stereoscopic photography for large format films William Reeve, and the visual effects and post-production director José María Aragonés. This will be the first Spanish 3D feature film shot entirely in real stereoscopic image, thanks to using two simultaneous cameras in order to reproduce the vision of the right and left eye, and not generating this image with computers, as it is usually done.

In the first phase of the shooting, scheduled from March 8th to May 18th in Namibia and South Africa, there will be working a hundred professionals, more than 250 extras and diverse wild animals like elephants, lions, lynxs or cheetahs, some of them specially trained for the film sequences. Other characters in the film will be created and integrated to the stereoscopic real image with sophisticated animation techniques.

The Magic Tale is a film inspired by the book "The Heart on the Sand" by Jordi Llompart, and it is meant for all audiences, to be enjoyed in a 3D theatre where the viewer will feel totally immersed in the action. The locations of the film will be in Barcelona and in different natural parks of great beauty in South Africa and Namibia. The main characters are the Namibian children Eva Gerretsen (10 years old) and Raymond Mvula (12), and the film also counts with the Spanish actor Adri? Collado, the South African actor John Whiteley and the Spanish top model Verónica Blume, for whom this will be her first feature film.

The shooting in South Africa and Namibia will be during March, April and May, and it will be followed by a shooting in Barcelona next summer, dates still to be determined. The film, however, won't be released until the end of 2009, once the long postproduction process is finished. The postproduction includes the insert of animation and visual effects in collaboration with the animation company Entropy Studio from Zaragoza (Spain).

Orbita Max released in February 2005 the blockbuster film Mystery of the Nile, the first Spanish large format film, that narrates the first complete descent in history of the Blue Nile. Mystery of the Nile, co-produced along with MacGillivray Freeman Films, has taken in more than 38 USD million, 6.5 million viewers and many international accolades including Special Achievement, Best Photography and Best Soundtrack at the 2005 Giant Screen Theatre Association Awards; and The Grand Prize, The Youth Prize and The Public's Choice Prize at La Géode Large Format Film Festival in Paris, being the first time in the Festival's history that one film is awarded up to three prizes.

If Mystery of the Nile was a milestone in Spanish cinematography for being the first production in the country for large format theatres, The Magic Tale expects to follow the same path of innovation and success. This time, though, widening the exhibition of the film to other cinematographic markets like digital cinema that's growing all over the world and that incorporates the spectacularity of 3D as the main attraction factor against the competition of television, DVD and illegal downloading of movies.

For the financing of the project, Orbita Max has teamed up with different production and investment partners, all of them Spanish, among them the investing societies Invercartera, Inverpyme and Més Films, and the co-producers Apuntolapospo and Televisió de Catalunya. Orbita Max, the project's leader, is an audiovisual production company created eight years ago by Jordi Llompart and its jointly owned by Orbita Report, SL and RBA group. The film also counts with the support of the European MEDIA programm, the Spanish Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) and the Institut Catal? de les Indústries Culturals (ICIC).

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