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Groundbreaking Animated Netflix Series Tells True Story of World War II Infantry Commander

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'The Liberator' from Juice and Trioscope Studios portrays a motley group of men not only coalesced into a fighting force to be reckoned with but who became one the most decorated American combat units of World War II
Groundbreaking Animated Netflix Series Tells True Story of World War II Infantry Commander

Juice and Trioscope Studios - the new studio dedicated to next-generation enhanced hybrid animation - has created 'The Liberator' for Netflix. Based on the book by Alex Kershaw, 'The Liberator' is a character-driven action miniseries based on the true story of World War II infantry commander Felix “Shotgun” Sparks, who led the members of the 157th Infantry Battalion of the 45th Division, an integrated group of white cowboys, Mexican Americans, and Native soldiers (over 52 tribes) drawn from across the west.

On every level, Sparks and his battalion of 'Thunderbirds' were classic citizen soldiers, and for over 500 days they led a special group of American soldiers from Italy to France to the liberation of Dachau, through some of the most gruelling battles of the war. This motley group of men not only coalesced into a fighting force to be reckoned with but became one the most decorated American combat units of World War II.

The uniqueness of the series is based on the new proprietary technology platform used to produce it. The 'Trioscope Enhanced Hybrid Animation' technology combines state-of-the-art CGI with live-action performance.

Juice’s scope of work on the series includes production supervision taking place in Łódź and close collaboration with Trioscope throughout the entire postproduction process. Grzegorz Jonkajtys, director and chief creative officer of Trioscope, said: “I have been following Juice projects with a great interest for many years. Talent, energy, excellent artistic taste and technological 'know-how' meant that we turned to them for help in creating the 'The Liberator'. We tell this fascinating story using Trioscope which is marked by an unusual style, combining acting, animation and a specific 'graphic novel' look. So, we needed a trusted partner with relevant experience in 'standard' post production and VFX animation, but also with the talent and vision to go beyond the limits of photorealism. Juice has created a wide range of such art projects. Their sensitivity and experience make them a great partner for this series and the many more we have coming.” 

Michał Misiński, art director and second unit director, added: “This is a milestone for our entire studio. The talks about cooperation on the series lasted over two years. Together with Grzegorz, we have been specifying what the series should look like. Initially, just two of us, and then with the whole Juice team, we created something that is called 'proof of concept'. The technology will allow us to preserve the authenticity of the emotions of the real actors, thanks to CG we will take care of every–even the smallest detail on the screen. We create a new original visual language, Grzegorz's sensitivity and approach will allow us to create something absolutely unique compared to other film productions.”

'The Liberator' was produced by Trioscope Studios, A + E Studios and Unique Features. Grzegorz Jonkajtys served as director, Jeb Stuart ('Die Hard', 'The Fugitive') wrote the script and Bradley James ('Merlin', 'Damien') was cast as the lead general Feliks Sparks alongside Martin Sensmeier, Jose Vasquez, and Bryan Hibbard.


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Client

Client: Netflix

Production

Production and Postproduction: Trioscope Studios and Juice

Director: Grzegorz Jonkajtys

Genres: Animation, Documentary, Visual VFX, Action, Storytelling, Drama

Categories: Media and Entertainment, Streaming Services

Juice, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 13:41:49 GMT