IP Incubator! - SCHIRKOA

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  04 April 2013
IP Incubator! - SCHIRKOA


*UPDATE* : Here is the trailer

SCHIRKOA is the story (an IP maybe) I will be trying to develop in coming years.
Here is the official site : www.schirkoa.com

At the moment I am aiming at an animated Short Film. Followed by a graphic novel. And then let's see what else can come out.

Team for Short film:
Me - I will be handling all the aspects (writing/directing/CGI/marketing etc.)
Yiming - Rigging/Animation/Simulations

Big thanks to to RobertoOrtiz and all the contributors for starting the IP Incubator Club thread.

Here you go! :

Last edited by redCigarette : 06 June 2016 at 12:43 PM.
  04 April 2013
The short film actually started about 2 years back as a one man project. Since then I have changed the story quite a bit. I mean I have expanded the story more than I can handle. Hence, I have decided to just make a short film taking out some of the important moments from the story. And then expand the universe at my ease in the form of graphic novels.

To start off things, I am posting some of the old stuff first. Here are some of the old storyboards. None of them will be used anymore, but they have made a solid base for upcoming graphic novel.

  04 April 2013
So far I have tried a few render styles. Some are not realistic to finish (given the time and resources) others are not too pretty.

I had left working on this for a while for last CG Challenge. Later in march when I looked at the WIP on my short film with fresh eyes, I realized I can do away with those renders.

So now I am exploring different rendering styles. The ones that can be rendered faster and without hassle. Still maintaining the look I am aiming for. This way I feel i can focus more on the story rather than fighting with physically correct shaders.

This is one of the renders from previous look of Schirkoa :

  04 April 2013
This is one of the very first renders for the character lineup. Again, it's old and many things have changed. New characters have taken over, others have been discontinued. The 'horns' being significant to the story remain though.
  04 April 2013

Right now, I am working on the overall look of the film. My inspirations are the video games - Borderlands & Dishonored. The primary reason is definitely the resources. Photo-realistic renders require way too much work and resources, without adding a whole lot to the film in terms of story. Second reason is to achieve seamless look between the graphic novel & the short film. It can't be 100% but I will try.

Here is a quick render test.
  05 May 2013
Family portrait of 197A. There will be more character sheets in the coming weeks for different families in Schirkoa. The render below also defines the style of the graphic novel.
  11 November 2016
Schirkoa just won 'BEST OF SHOW' at SIGGRAPH Asia!
I will be in Macao this December to receive the award. There will also be a 'Meet the Filmmaker' panel where I will talk about the making and use of Redshift in the film.


CartoonBrew also feels it has some (if not a lot of) chance in the Oscars

Schirkoa's Screenings so far :
2016 Official Selection/ Animation Marathon (Greece)
2016 Official Selection/ Canada Independent Film Festival (Canada)
2016 Best Of Show/ SIGGRAPH Asia (Macao)
2016 Official Selection/ Gdansk International Animation Film Festival (Poland)
2016 Official Selection/ Toronto International Short Film Festival (Canada)
2016 Official Selection/ Cut Out International Animation Festival (Mexico)
2016 Official Selection/ SPARK Animation (Canada)
2016 Official Selection/ Anima Mundi (Brazil)
2016 Official Selection/ ASIFA Atlanta Animation Festival (US)
2016 Best Art Direction/ McLeod Ganj International Festival (India)
2016 Official Selection/ KLIK! Amsterdam (Netherlands)
2016 Best Animated Short/ Oaxaca Film Festival (Mexico)
2016 Best Animated Short/ LA Shorts Fest (USA)
2016 Best Animated Short/ Be Epic London International Film Festival
2016 Best Animated Short Film/ Venice Film Week (Italy)
2016 Best of the Fest, Best Animated Short/ TMC London Film Festival
2016 Best Animated Short Film/ Somerville International Film Festival, Boston
2016 Best Animated Short/ Martinique Film Festival

2016 Official Selection/ Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
2016 Official Selection/ Indie Anifest (South Korea)
2016 Best Short Film/ Los Angeles CineFest
2016 Winner/ Around International Film Festival Berlin (Germany)
2016 Best Animated Short Film/ Sydney International Film Festival (Australia)

2016 Official Selection / Corto Creativo Short Film Festival (Mexico)
2016 Official Selection/ Lisbon International Film Festival (Portugal)

You can always follow the progress on
https://www.facebook.com/schirkoa/ or

Last edited by redCigarette : 11 November 2016 at 05:24 PM.
  11 November 2016
Schirkoa did not make it to the final 10 for the Oscars.

Well, it was the most competitive year ever in the shorts category so we always knew it was going to be tough. Films from Pixar, Disney and Veterans like Theodore Ushev and Patrick Osborne are in. Schirkoa will continue it's festival run till mid 2017.
  02 February 2017

*A lot has happened in past few months. I have given seminars, masterclasses and even a TEDx talk on Schirkoa!

*The festival run has been going steady, and apart from some great festivals Schirkoa got accepted in 2 more Academy Award Qualifying festivals.

*It was featured on Cartoon Brew , Indian Express , Yahoo , AWN and many more places. (https://schirkoa.com/awards/)
  02 February 2017
Lastly, I have been working on a series of Breakdown videos. Here is the first one :

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