Film

The Lost Town of Switez - film poster THE LOST TOWN OF ŚWITEŹ was created in an original combination of 3D animation and classic animation painted with oil paints. Specially-commissioned large-scale paintings were composited into a multiple-plane 3D computer generated (CG) environment using state-of-the-art digital animation and compositing techniques. This unique artistic way creates a quality in itself and an extraordinary means of expression, which is crucial in animation, where strength of content and visual form merge into a striking and meaningful fusion. Two distinct styles of paintings were used: 19th-century Slavonic paintings (such as the work of Józef Chełmoński and Aleksander Gierymski), which give the illusion of perspective and use a realistic palette, combined with the much more stylized, brightly-colored and iconic 2D paintings of the Middle Ages.

Director Kamil Polak

Kamil Polak portrait His love of story-telling brought him to film-making, and in animation he has found the opportunity to combine his classical training in drawing and painting with his love of music and rhythm, and to bring these together in one dramatic narrative.
He studied directing at the world-renowned Łódź Film School. His film “Birth of a Nation” is on the all-time great films reel of the School and has been widely sold to international television.
He developed THE LOST TOWN OF ŚWITEŹ during his graduation year. Kamil was the Visual Effects Supervisor on “Peter & the Wolf”, a £ 2.5 million stop-frame animation for Channel 4 and for the big screen accompanied by live orchestra.

Composer Irina Bogdanovich

Irina Bogdanovich portrait Composer Irina Bogdanovich is a striking new talent from Russia. She graduated with honors from the Choral Conducting Department at Moscow University and then from the Piano Department at the University of Yekaterinburg. Asastudent she twice won the 1st Prize at the Russian National Student Piano Competition.
Currently she is the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Warsaw University Choir, which won the 3rd Prize in the International Choral Music Festival in Randers. Under her stewardship the Choir has developed a very high profile.
At the 6. ERA New Horizons IFF in 2006 Irina conducted a 60-piece orchestra and 80-person choir to accompany Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky at an open-air concert performed to an audience of 12,000 in Wrocław.

Animation Studio Human Ark

Human Ark logo Human Ark is an Animation Studio based in Warsaw, which specialises in 3D Animation and Special Effects. It is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most innovative and best- resourced producers of internationally-coproduced animated films and series. Human Ark has a strong team of top graphic artists, animators and specialist technicians, all well-versed both in the rich traditions of Polish animation and in the latest technological advances.

Technical information

Category
Short animation film
Duration
21 min
Length
505 m
Picture
Colour
Format
Scope 1:2,35
Sound
Dolby Digital 5.1
Completion Date
December 2010
Available for TV broadcast
after 1st July 2011

PRODUCTION HUMAN ARK PRODUCERS STANISŁAW DZIEDZIC, ZBIGNIEW ŻMUDZKI, KAMIL POLAK, ELIZA OCZKOWSKA
CO-PRODUCERS LUC TOUTOUNGHI, DENIS FRIEDMAN, PAWEŁ PARTYKA, MARCIN ŁUNKIEWICZ
CO-PRODUCTION SE-MA-FOR PRODUKCJA FILMOWA, ARCHANGEL FILM GROUP, DENIS FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS, NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, TELEWIZJA POLSKA SA,
PAŃSTWOWA WYŻSZA SZKOŁA FILMOWA TELEWIZYJNA I TEATRALNA IM. L. SCHILLERA, PARTYFLEX SYSTEM, KAMIL POLAK, ZIELONY POMIDOR
FILM CO-FINANCED BY THE POLISH FILM INSTITUTE, CNC, POITOU-CHARENTE RGION
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS RENÉ CHÉNIER, VIVIANA QUEIROLO - BORTOGLIO, FRANC MALMIN, NEIL MUNDY
IN ASSOCIATION WITH RIFORMA FILM, FILM PRODUKCJA, LA COUR DES MIRACLES, SBS, ETV, TV UNAM