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 plot and sacrificing even some of her favorite parts, which perhaps will still be used in future projects.
Anna manages each area of the project while also fulfilling her creative duties. This includes her focus on visual character development involving the use of Adobe Character Animator to bring them to life and speech. She has creative input on all facets of the project, not the least of which is the majority of the musical score composed and produced specifically for the film, while learning the process along the way.
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.
Arthur produced the concept art and finished animation for this project.
After previous attempts, one day in 2017 Anna asked if he'd be interested in helping with her video story. Now, being good timing because of a delay in his next creative project with another team, he gladly accepted this role. Little did he know it would turn into a full-fledged Animated Film.
Being a professional Painter and Digital Artist, he was able to use this experience for the visual-environmental work, refining characters, and finally toward a new artform for himself, Animation. Digging into Adobe After Effects, he has found a new love in what he calls "Moving Art". He endeavors to produce the best quality experience one animator can produce in the course of a few years, leaning as he goes.
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 real actors". Arthur has also contributed toward foley sounds & sound editing, voice casting and marketing.