Today we received a lengthy report in moderated comments regarding production details of the Academy-nominated The Secret of Kells. Since I found the comment highly interesting ... and since the feature is out now ... I put the whole of it here.
I thought I would bring a bit of trivia about the production [of The Secret of Kells] to the forum.
The film was produced in 7 studios around Europe and Brazil with a work-split approximately like this:
Pre-production and Story up to Layout was done in Kilkenny-Ireland.
Backgrounds: Kilkenny-Ireland and Angoulême-France
Animation: Kilkenny, Brussels-Belgium, Sao Paolo-Brazil and Kecskemet-Hungary
Cleanup: Sao Paolo and Kecskemet, and the odd one in Kilkenny
Ink & Paint: Liege-Belgium
Compositing: Brussels and Angoulême
Final editing: Paris-France
All being directed and edited (except for final editing) from Kilkenny, the main base of the director Tomm Moore (His blog: http://theblogofkells.blogspot.com/", and the teaser for the next film from Tomm and Cartoon Saloon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdCabgJQpbA)
The film was drawn on paper, with a few sequences in Flash and 3D integrated with 2D. A few scenes incorporated flash elements.
Photoshop for Layouts and BG's
Good old pencils and paper for animation and cleanup
Linetest in Animo
Ink and paint in proprietary software (SoftAnim) in Digital Graphics (http://www.digitalgraphics.be)
3D: 3DSMax by "Walking The Dog" (http://www.walkingthedog.be)
Composite: Combustion, Shake and SoftAnim by Digital Graphics
Misc: A little bit of flash (Italy, and Ireland)
Editing: 4 Avid systems automatically kept up to date with latest footage (HoBSoft is also integrated with FCP)
Production system: HoBSoft (http://www.hobsoft.net)
Here is an early clip of video featuring some early artwork, and some clips from the studio in Brussels; it is in French, but interesting even if you do not understand ....
Here is an article more or less about the same [It's in French, but break out your French English dictionary and take a look-see ...].
As a last tid-bit of info I would like to add that the production Manager Camille Leganza (Now DreamWorks Redwood), who at the time was living in Turkey did about 50/50 of her time at home and in Kilkenny, however... once production had finished in Ireland (Except for direction and editing), (so only 6 studios producing), Camille worked almost 100% from home in Turkey.
Imagine keeping the reins on 6 studios "From the comfort of your own home" ...
I haven't yet seen the feature, but the NY Times says:
... [T]he sometimes hectic plot ultimately serves as scaffolding for Mr. Moore’s extraordinary visual brio. Using the vivid colors and delicate lineations of the Book of Kells for inspiration, he establishes a surprising and completely persuasive link between the ancient art of manuscript illumination and the modern practice of animation. Like the crystal lens that is a crucial element of Aidan’s craft — an enchanted eye that refracts and renews his, and then Brendan’s, perception — “The Secret of Kells” discloses strange new vistas that nonetheless seem to have existed since ancient times.
What Kell's production highlights is the breadth and width of animation work around the globe. Hats off to everyone connected with the making of the feature. Their talent and craft are on full display.