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Shailene Woodley and Jai Courtney team up for ‘Arkie’

Shailene Woodley, Jai Courtney and online star Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor have joined the cast of animated feature Arkie.
The film, being introduced to buyers in Cannes, is created by Nathan Jurevicius, the award-winning artist behind the Scarygirl graphic novel and video game, and directed by his brother Luke Jurevicius (AACTA Award-winning Figaro Pho).
Arkie is a fantastical adventure about an inventive and inquisitive young girl, Arkie (Woodley), who must leave the safety of her home and embark on an epic journey to a dazzling but dangerous metropolis to rescue her father Blister from the clutches of the evil scientist Dr. Maybee (Courtney). Bachelor, with over 16 million online followers, will play the role of Bunniguru, a comedic adventurer who relies on his “book of useless proverbs” and wit to get him out of many jams.
“It’s been a brilliant journey participating in Arkie’s evolution over the years,” said the Jurevicius brothers. “We can’t wait to work with our wonderfully talented actors in bringing her world to life on the big screen. It’s so great that this film has attracted such significant talent. We knew Arkie’s story was strong, but having Shailene, Jai and Andrew are important confirmation that we are creating something truly special.”
The picture is an Australian / Canadian co-production lead by Sophie Byrne of Passion Pictures Australia (Academy Award winner The Lost Thing) and Nicole Stinn of Nitrogen Studios (Sausage Party). John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) also serves as an exec producer. Luma Pictures are on board as the animation studio for Australia.
We are so excited that Arkie has engaged such high calibre talent,“ said producer Sophie Byrne. "Bachelor brings his unique comedic edge to Bunniguru, Woodley’s distinct voice, the right combination of vulnerability and savvy of Arkie, and Courtney the perfect blend of charisma mixed with sinister charm for the evil scientist, Dr Maybee”.
Odin’s Eye Entertainment (OEE) will ramp up sales in Cannes this year, already having closed deals with a number of key territories Madman (Australia / NZ), Italy (Notorious), Baltics (Best Film), Yugoslavia (Dexin), Middle East (Phonencia), Phillipines (Captive)
“Arkie is like no other,” said OEE founder Michael Favelle who also doubles as an exec producer. “It has the creative sensibility of Miyazaki fused with the vibrant colours of The Lorax and the heart and warmth of Amelie.”
UTA is packaging and also handling the U.S. sale, with further A-list cast in negotiation. Arkie is anticipated to hit screens in late 2019.
Woodley is represented by UTA and managed by Management 360, Courtney is also represented by UTA and managed by Silver Lining Entertainment and Morrissey Management, and Bachelor is repped by UTA and managed by Christina Bachelor.
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Cannes: Shailene Woodley, Jai Courtney Team for ‘Arkie’ (Exclusive)

Internet star Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor has also boarded the animated feature.

Shailene Woodley, Jai Courtney and online star Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor have joined the cast of animated feature Arkie.

The film, being introduced to buyers in Cannes, is created by Nathan Jurevicius, the award-winning artist behind the Scarygirl graphic novel and video game, and directed by his brother Luke Jurevicius (AACTA Award-winning Figaro Pho).

Arkie is a fantastical adventure about an inventive and inquisitive young girl, Arkie (Woodley), who must leave the safety of her home and embark on an epic journey to a dazzling but dangerous metropolis to rescue her father Blister from the clutches of the evil scientist Dr. Maybee (Courtney). Bachelor, with over 16 million online followers, will play the role of Bunniguru, a comedic adventurer who relies on his “book of useless proverbs” and wit to get him out of many jams.

“It’s been a brilliant journey participating in Arkie’s evolution over the years,” said the Jurevicius brothers. “We can’t wait to work with our wonderfully talented actors in bringing her world to life on the big screen. It’s so great that this film has attracted such significant talent. We knew Arkie’s story was strong, but having Shailene, Jai and Andrew are important confirmation that we are creating something truly special.”

The picture is an Australian / Canadian co-production lead by Sophie Byrne of Passion Pictures Australia (Academy Award winner The Lost Thing) and Nicole Stinn of Nitrogen Studios (Sausage Party). John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) also serves as an exec producer. Luma Pictures are on board as the animation studio for Australia.

“We are so excited that Arkie has engaged such high calibre talent,“ said producer Sophie Byrne. “Bachelor brings his unique comedic edge to Bunniguru, Woodley’s distinct voice, the right combination of vulnerability and savvy of Arkie, and Courtney the perfect blend of charisma mixed with sinister charm for the evil scientist, Dr Maybee”.

Odin’s Eye Entertainment (OEE) will ramp up sales in Cannes this year, already having closed deals with a number of key territories Madman (Australia / NZ), Italy (Notorious), Baltics (Best Film), Yugoslavia (Dexin), Middle East (Phonencia), Phillipines (Captive)

“Arkie is like no other,” said OEE founder Michael Favelle who also doubles as an exec producer. “It has the creative sensibility of Miyazaki fused with the vibrant colours of The Lorax and the heart and warmth of Amelie.”

UTA is packaging and also handling the U.S. sale, with further A-list cast in negotiation. Arkie is anticipated to hit screens in late 2019.

Woodley is represented by UTA and managed by Management 360, Courtney is also represented by UTA and managed by Silver Lining Entertainment and Morrissey Management, and Bachelor is repped by UTA and managed by Christina Bachelor. 

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Last week I was helping out at Pictoplasma, and one of the things I did was being an assistant for Nathan & Rilla’s workshop, that was like character design crash curse. At the beginning I had time to draw along and work with my new character Hart Fart Man.
First they give you like 10 minutes to draw your character. Then you continue to draw your character in a life drawing style;  a group of people are making poses on stage and you draw the scenario, but draw all the models as if they are your character. I have here a “Laundry day” scene, a “walking a dog” scene, something I think it is a “dysfunctional runway” scene and finally a group walking in a line…

Rilla and Nathan continued to do assignments like “draw your character as if it was a blown up ballon, had been flattened by a steamroller, and shredded in a pasta maker. Simplifying assignments where you slowly remove all details of your character, to see how simple you can express the same character. Finally they gave the assignment to do a “lost”poster for your character.