Co-directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin, ‘Ballerina’ or ‘Leap’ is a French-Canadian animated film from Entertainment One. The movie features the voice talents of artists like Elle Fanning, Dane Dehaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Set in 1879, the story of the film revolves around a9 year oldorphan girl Felicie’s dream to become a ballerina. Along with her best friend Victor, Felicie leaves her orphanage in Brittany and travels to Paris. With the help of the caretaker of a Paris Opera, she assumes a different identity and becomes a student of that opera. She follows her dream and eventually becomes the greatest ballerina in the opera.
This film was produced at L’Atelier Animation in Montreal, Canada. The animator of Disney and DreamWorks Ted TY along with his team of L’Atelier used key frame animation of the ballet dancers like Aurelie Dupont and JeremieBelingard to translate realistic dance choreography to the animated film. The original score of the film was composed by Klaus Badelt.
The animator used morphing to animate cloths, skin, face and non-solid bodies. It was time consuming as every vertex position had to be calculated. 3Ds Max and Autodesk Maya were the two main softwares used to create the animation in this film. The estimated budget of the film was 30,000,000 US dollars.
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