Anna spearheaded this project. It began in St Petersburg, Russia, her home city, where she became passionate with writing this story as a book in Russian, forming the plot and developing the characters. Years later, now in the U.S.A. she is realizing a dream of making her story into an animated film. In order to make a script, she had to cut out most of the story, leaving only the main outline and sacrificing even some of her favorite parts, which perhaps will still be used in future projects.
Fulfilling her creative duties on the project, Anna focuses on developing the characters using Adobe Photoshop, then she makes them speak and move simply in Adobe Character Animator. She doesn't have any artistic background or any experience in art projects. Driven by pure enthusiasm and passion to tell the story she just kept learning how to draw features and express human emotions along the way with a hope to continue to get better. But even more daring than character art and animation seemed the attempt to write music. At first the idea of making the whole score sounded like a joke. However, after a few masterclasses, she thought, "Well, maybe I can just put a few chords together to create some moods for the story." Luckily, constant delays in the visual part of the project gave Anna time to finish the score for almost the entire animation.
Anna is a professional linguist with ten years teaching and managing experience at a language school in St Petersburg, Russia. Being involved in linguistic projects most of her life, she hopes to translate the film in several languages.
ARTIST & ANIMATOR
Arthur Herring is a visual artist with years of professional experience in both fine art and digital art. A significant part of Arthur’s career was spent creating murals in different areas of USA, Russia and Norway. A number of his paintings found their homes in various countries of Europe as well.
Arthur produced the concept art and finished animation for this project, while incorporating Anna's characters into the scene.
Being a professional Painter and Digital Artist, he was able to use this experience for the visual-environmental work and a new artform to himself, Animation. Digging into Adobe After Effects, he has found a new love in what he calls "Moving Art". He endeavored to produce the best quality experience one animator could produce in the course of a couple years, learning al0ng the way.
You'll hear Arthur as the voice of "Varlahm", as well as "Sherapont". He jokes "I apologize for that, and our lack of budget to hire more real actors". Arthur has also contributed toward foley sounds, sound effects, motion graphics and voice casting.