Malaysia’s first 3D animated film “War of the Worlds Goliath” is making waves internationally; it recently won the Best 3D Animated Feature award at the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival.
Set in an alternate 1914 New York, War of the Worlds Goliath is about a second wave alien invasion. The film is a tribute to HG Wells’ novel War of the Worlds, said its producer Leon Tan.
The film is the first 3D animated movie ever produced in Malaysia, said Mr Tan.
“We (are targeting) those who like science fiction, theme parks, animation and games… all the incarnations of HG Well’s War of the Worlds in the last 100 years. We just want to add to their heritage,” he said.
Leon, who is Malaysian, gave up his banking career in Singapore to venture into film making five years ago.
The movie took a team of talents from America, South Korea and Malaysia four years and US$30 million to put together.
Their hard work paid off when the movie beat Hollywood blockbusters like Madagascar 3 and Paranorman to win the Best 3D Animated Feature award in Los Angeles.
“The path of acceleration is tremendous. I won’t say (Malaysia) has a long way to go; we certainly accelerated our learning curve,” said Mr Tan.
“It’s very naive to assume that we can just get there overnight. There’s a lot of work… a lot of mistakes were made and we learn from our mistakes,” said Gavin Yap, the film’s voice director.
The project is one initiative under Malaysia’s economic transformation program to spur its creative content industry.
“We would like to push the bar, the standards of our industry production… The way we tell stories, the way we assemble projects of this nature… to show the world we can do it,” said Mr Tan.
Industry experts say the film is a good start, and that it has provided Malaysia with a platform to further export its creative content.
The film also serves as a platform for Malaysia to attract production and post-production jobs in animation and promote the country as the regional hub for creative content, they said.