One Race Films and Blur Studio Partner on “RockFish”

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Film Production Company and Academy Award Nominated Animation House Partner to Develop Family Oriented Multi-Media Franchise

Vin Diesel’s film production company One Race Films and animation house Blur Studio have partnered to build a multi-media franchise around Blur’s RockFish, the multiple award -winning animated short.

The project is envisioned as a feature length, family friendly film based on the character Sirus Kirk from RockFish that was created by writer/director Tim Miller. RockFish is a comic book-influenced, high adventure tale set on a barren planet in a distant corner of the galaxy. Sirus Kirk is a no-nonsense working man tasked with rounding up creatures that “swim” through rocks far below the planet’s surface and plague the miners who live and work there. The story starts out as just another day on the job for Kirk but quickly turns into a titanic struggle with the catch of his life.

Both in scope and artistic ambition, RockFish is one of Blur Studio’s most significant undertakings to date. The short has been screened at a number of prestigious festivals, including Edinburgh Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and Manhattan Short Film Fest, Cinema Paradise (Winner, “Best Animation”) and Malibu Film Festival (Winner, “Best Animation”), and has also won Annie and Imagina Awards for Best Animated Short, among others. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the film is a sweeping story of spirited action with sharply drawn characters and richly-detailed locales. In roughly nine minutes, Miller spins a plot loaded with danger, heroism and warm character moments. RockFish also features a beautiful original orchestral score and a vivid sound design track.

“One Race has had the opportunity to work with wonderful filmmakers on live action features. With Blur as our partner, we believe we will create imaginative and well loved animated films to reach an even wider audience,” said George Zakk, Producer for One Race Films.

“With the creative energy that Vin Diesel brings to this project, RockFish has the potential to be a ground-breaking animated feature. This collaboration with One Race is incredibly exciting and together we can create a completely new type of adventure film. We think Rockfish will establish a new genre in the world of all-CG films,” said Tim Miller, Blur Studio Company Creative Director, and Writer and Director of RockFish. “Blur’s experience in creating exciting films with high-quality CG animation and compelling storytelling blends perfectly with the creative goals of One Race. We share a passionate commitment to creating new worlds filled with interesting characters and challenges, and RockFish fits that bill perfectly,” he added.

One Race Films was founded in 1995 by actor, writer, director and producer Vin Diesel. Initially launched as the production company to support Diesel’s first film Multifacial, One Race grew into a thriving entertainment production house committed to creating exceptional entertainment that inspires and excites audiences worldwide.

The production company has grown exponentially into a variety of entertainment divisions, but still maintains its primary focus on creating quality films. The company’s film credits include: Strays, XXX, A Man Apart, and The Chronicles of Riddick. It is currently in development on NY Giant and Hannibal the Conqueror and just completed production on Find Me Guilty with famed writer/ director Sidney Lumet.

Blur Studio is a state-of-the-art visual effects and animation studio built on a solid foundation of artistic talent and client relationships. Founded in 1995, a group of highly motivated digital artists built an environment in which artists can thrive and creative excellence is the sole measure of success. The company has produced numerous projects spanning a wide range of media – large format films, commercials, concept art, feature effects, ride films and game cinematics. Notable recent projects include the 2005 Academy Award nominated animated original short film Gopher Broke, over 40 minutes of CG for Disney’s Twice Upon a Christmas DVD, photo-real effects in James Cameron’s latest 3D stereoscopic IMAX film Aliens of the Deep, a cinematic THQ’s Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, the on-air promotional campaign for Nickelodeon and the feature film Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, a TV commercial spot for Xmen: Legends, as well as three other original short films of which have been short-listed for a nomination for an Academy Award.

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