Locksmith Launches London studios
The firm is currently in production on their first feature Ron’s Gone Wrong, which will tell the story of a walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps the world becoming every kid’s new best friend. When an eleven-year-old boy ends up with one that doesn’t work, however, he must try to teach it. The film is due for release November
by Andreas Wiseman March 27, 2018
“The next global animation powerhouse”
Smith added: “We started with a ridiculous ambition, which was why don’t we have Disney-Pixar or Dreamworks in this country, we can do that here, and luckily enough we found Liz, who believed that was a possibility.”
Comparing Locksmith’s Primrose Hill studio to those of the big companies, she said: “By comparison this is relatively modest but nonetheless we can achieve films of that calibre, partly because of the might of Double Negative, who are possibly the best visual effects company in the world right now, producing amazing high quality imagery. The other is our talent and passion and vision.”
The company has recruited animators who have worked on films including Oscar-winner Coco, The Incredibles, Happy Feet, Inside Out and The Lego Movie.
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20th Century Fox, UK-Based Locksmith Animation Enter Into Multi-Year Production Deal
Twentieth Century Fox Film and Locksmith Animation have entered into a multi-year production partnership to release one animated film every year to 18 months. The U.K. based studio will develop and produce projects completely there and Locksmith partner Double Negative providing digital production. That product will then be released by Fox.
Locksmith Animation co-CEOs Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart formed the studio in 2014 with the support of co-founder Elisabeth Murdoch. For Fox, it brings in another company besides Blue Sky Studios into the studio to rely on for a picture a year.
“As we redouble our efforts in the family and animation space, there is no better partner in world to welcome into our family than Locksmith,” said 20th Century Fox’s chairman/CEO Stacey Snider.
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