Milimetros Studio located in Madrid, Spain was founded in 2001 by veteran animators Angel Izquierdo (IMDB.com) and Antonio Zurera (IMDB.com). Angel honed his skills while working for Hanna-Barbera under the direction of Bill Hanna. Working on shows such as The Flintstones, The Yogi Bear Show, Scooby-Doo Where Are You!, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Top Cat, The Huckleberry Hound Show, Space Ghost, Wacky Races, The Magilla Gorilla Show and The Smurfs.
Angel stated that they have known of Blender for several years but it was around nine months ago that they seriously started to evaluate the software making some early tests. They also followed the development of some of the "excellent Blender features" with interest and realized that it could be fully usable in a big production. "The key is to put very good artists with strong skills and with the right and clear concepts in mind. And this makes the big difference. Some others may wrongly think that if they use the most expensive software [they]will do great things, forgetting the human side." says Angel
"We [used]3D right from our first productions. In Dragon Hill (finished in 2003) we did use CGI to enhance animation with some bgs. in movement, some objects, the "Cosmic Ray" a small plane of Elfy, some flying dragons, a sea sequence, special effects, etc. On "The Magic Cube" also, with the sea sequences, and basically the same things. And many more and in "RH+": almost one third of the film is 3D. But we always tried to use it in the 2D cartoon style, so sometimes is difficult for the public to realize that is 3D."
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Job Openings at Milimetros:
Milimetros has some openings for CG Artists, if you are interested email your resume to Lucia Gómez - Production Manager at info[ a t ]milimetros.com
We prefer a resume in a pdf format, open office or word document attached to the e-mail in which we can read the specialty and experience. No image files attached, please. Just a link to a web site so we are able to see your reels and work examples.
"We are looking for GOOD artists working with any software, but able to easily switch to Blender or already familiar with Blender."
About the Production:
“The Heart of the Oak” is an adventures feature film of 80 minutes in length, and will be produced in 3D CGI. The target is children from 6 to 9. The producers will be Milimetros Feature animation and Dibulitoon. It will be the third part of Dragon Hill’s successful saga and will be directed by Angel Izquierdo and Ricardo Ramón
Milimetros Feature animation is one of the best production companies in Spain specialised in animation. Milimetros has more than 25 years of experience and we spent 20 of them designing, directing and making films for the Majors (Disney, Hanna-Barbera, MGM, Cartoon Network or Gaumont). For seven years we have been producing our own films, comprising four films and one TV series sold all over the world to the best distributors: “Dragon Hill”, “The Magic Cube”, “RH+ The vampire of Seville” and “The adventures of Don Quixote”.
Dibulitoon is an animation production company with studio in Irun (Basque Countries) who has produced eight films and two series, four of the films in are 3D: “The dream robber”, “Glup”, “Supertramps”, “Christopher Columbus”.
We join forces to get Spanish funds from each local government (Basque and Andalusian) and from the local TV: ETB and Canal Sur.
-Concept and structure
“The Heart of the Oak” is an epic story brought to life with humor and romance. It is inspired in the European mythological traditions, its legends, to create a magical universe full of beauty, a world close to children. But it is also the reflection of our own universe, a story of daily situations with the family.
The adventures occur in Dragon Hill, a marvelous place surrounded by mountains and woods, inhabited by different species of dragons, fairies, elfs and other fantastic creatures. There are also other people and objects which arrive to Dragon Hill from other places and times under unknown circumstances.
Nobody knows how to go out, only “Ethelbert”, the guardian has the key.
This time, in this film, strange events are changing the climate in Dragon Hill and this sudden freeze has plunged it into darkness. On top of Dragon Hill, there is an oak tree as big as a mountain and as old as time. Its heart has always protected the balance of the environment but now it is dying. Robin, the little Elf and guardian of the forest, implores the Gods to help him fight this menacing evil that threatens to destroy all life. When he finally receives help – it is not what he expected.
In the base of the plot there is an ice fortress, a magic sword forged from a star and an order of knights’ dragons, the “Dana-Hin”. On this epic quest, Elfy and his friends will discover that in order to balance the universe, you must put in effort, make sacrifices and ultimately take responsibility.
We plan to begin production next March with an schedule of around two years and the project will be presented in the next Cartoon Movie.