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A new Disney-animated movie similar to the 2011 film “Rango” is set to get a made-in-Singapore stamp. This was revealed on Thursday at the opening of the Sandcrawler, Lucasfilm's new state-of-the-art facility at one-north.
SINGAPORE: A new Disney-animated movie similar to the 2011 film “Rango” is set to get a made-in-Singapore stamp.
Other blockbusters like “Transformers 4” and “Avengers 2” will also have a Singaporean touch.
This was revealed on Thursday at the opening of the Sandcrawler, Lucasfilm's new state-of-the-art facility at one-north.
The building is named after a large vehicle featured in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, and will also serve as the regional headquarters for The Walt Disney Company and ESPN Asia Pacific.
Lucasfilm has 360 staff in Singapore. More than a third of them are Singaporean.
Their efforts have already helped spawn Hollywood blockbusters, such as the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Transformers" franchises. More are on the way.
Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm’s president, said: "We're finishing a full-length animated feature right at the moment that is being done entirely here in Singapore and the quality of that animation is also quite remarkable. 25 per cent of ‘Rango’ was done here, and it went on to win an Academy Award. So the next step is taking that work and going even further."
In the Sandcrawler, Lucasfilm has a 22,500 square-metre complex that houses offices, a theatre and production facilities.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was a guest at Sandcrawler's opening, noted that the value-add from Singapore's interactive and digital industry has jumped to more than S$2 billion over six years.
An important part of that success is Singapore's creative environment.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: "The magic lies not in the equipment or processes, but in the creative spark that resides in human minds. And these can only light up in an environment which inspires people, promotes creativity and helps people to realise their dreams and to dream big."
For aspiring film-makers, Lucasfilm has the Jedi Masters Program (JuMP) to help nurture and grow the local talent ecosystem.
Disciplines cover the entire digital production pipeline, and include hard-surface modelling, lighting and rotoscoping.