Here’s a new interview with producer Denis Friedman, at the Cartoon Finance international conference on funding & revenues for TV Series, which took place in Belfast, N. Ireland just last month.
A quick recap… Friedman and his company are behind the Steambot Studios animated work Urbance, which I profiled in January of this year, and haven’t posted an updates on since then, because, well, there haven’t really been any, except for the proposed series competing at the TAAFI Animation Festival in Toronto, in July.
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, and money to be raised.
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.
In the interview below, Friedman talks in-depth about the project, providing much more information than what we’ve known and reported thus far, including a fuller breakdown of what the series will be about, who its target audience is, its budget, how their going about raising money for it, their plans for release format and distribution and more.
It’s worth watching if you the teaser of the series we posted in January excited you. That teaser follows below if you missed it.
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.
As I recall, a lot of you were definitely intrigued by what you saw in that January post, so as progress is made, I’ll continue to inform you.
So, first, here’s the trailer again. And underneath, you’ll find the interview with the producer, providing even more detail on the project.