Mercury Filmworks Offers First Look at ‘Once Our Land’ Movie

Mercury Filmworks and Goodbye Productions gave us a first look at their upcoming animated feature Once our landa fantasy/sci-fi period piece aimed at a family audience based on the graphic novel by Pierre Rick.

Set in 1830s Europe, Once our land tells the story of 11-year-old Ingrid; a young girl forced to fend for herself in a ravaged town overrun by fearsome otherworldly beasts. It is in this cruel “past-apocalyptic” world where trust is rare that Ingrid forms an unlikely friendship with Fritz, a grizzled old warrior with an eye patch and a surprisingly eccentric personality. Together, Fritz and Ingrid embark on a dangerous journey to rid the town they love of cruel beasts and learn to trust again.

Here is the trailer:

The film is described as “part light survival horror, part action, with a strong heart and a healthy dose of humor providing levity, Once our land is an endearing story of trust and friendship set in supernatural horror; a story of standing together in the face of monstrous adversity.

The film adaptation reunites artist/director Peter Ricq with screenwriter Phil Ivanusic Vallée. The duo have been the creative force behind several animated series, including The League of Super Evil as well as the live feature dead cabin.

To reach the Klaus-like the texture and lighting effect, compositing project lead Chris Goettler designed a Toon Boom module that enabled the creation of a 3D volumetric lighting effect. While this required additional compositing work at the initial stage of character building, it allowed for softer, textured lighting to be created on the animated characters, without hand-drawing them (as with hard-light rims ) or deploy separate software.

Once our land marks Ricq and Ivanusic-Vallée’s second collaboration with producer Amber Ripley (Tangle, Dead Shack, Dreamland) and their first collaboration with Mercury Filmworks. The team recently received development funding from Telefilm, Creative BC and Harold Greenberg for the feature film adaptation.

One of Canada’s most prolific independent studios, Mercury Filmworks has helped bring to life a wide range of television shows and feature films, including Hilda, Mickey Mouse, Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, The Lion Guard, Wander Over Yonder, Team Hot Wheels, Jake & the Never Land Pirates, Fish Hooks, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Jimmy Two Shoes, Toot & Puddle, Ruby Gloom, Gerald McBoing Boing, Curious George: The Movie, The PowerPuff Girls Movie, and Looney Tunes: Back in action.

The film is currently in development and the studio is looking to fund the project. For more information, and

You can see before and after examples of the special lighting and texture effect created for the film below:

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