A tweet from the Steambot Studios crew posted a couple of days ago about their upcoming animated work Urbance, which I profiled in January.
They also say that it will also compete at TAAFI Animation Festival in Toronto, in July.
So it’s good to know that it’s begun its travels.
At the time of my last post, plans were for it to eventually become a TV series, but that hasn’t happened yet. While they’ve been working on the project for over 3 years, there’s still much to be done. So it’s not entirely clear what version of the work will screen at these 2 above festivals.
Given that they’ve been fundraising for the project, my guess is that what they’ll screen will be a short version of the completed product, with the hope that there’ll be enough buzz around it on the festival circuit that would then translate to investor dollars.
But I sent a message to Steambot to elaborate. No reply yet; when they do, I’ll update this post.
Urbance comes from Canadian director Joel Dos Reis Viegas, made for Steambot Studios (a Canada & USA-based visual development studio who work in a variety of media platforms, including film and TV).
The synopsis reads:
In the big city, gender war rises. Sex is prohibited because of a genetic deadly virus. Ruled by hate and anger, boys and girls grow up apart from each other, forming rivals gangs. Among these lost teenagers, Kenzell and lesya will fight adversity and defy all the rules in order to live their love and restore peace.
A website has been set up for the project (HERE) where you’ll find lots more information, including a bunch of still images, and a breakdown of each character from each gang.
A lot of you were excited by what you saw in that January post, so as progress is made, I’ll inform you.
Here’s the trailer again: