Animation : Ripple optioned for animated feature by Tui Allen

Tui Allen

Ripple optioned for animated feature

I wrote a novel about dolphins. On Christmas day I signed an option for an animated movie to be made. Now he has to gather the money and expertise to do the job. I'm in NZ and we have all the expertise and technology we need here plus no covid. But how much money is needed to make an animated movie? Anyone got an idea? There is no movie script - just my novel. So even the script-writing has to be done.

The novel is called Ripple - a Dolphin Love Story. This is my own art. It reflects what the story is about:

Claude Gagne

Good luck with that!

Rutger Oosterhoff

Hi Tui. Your project sounds cool. Did a google search on "how expensive are animated movies". Gave me this answer: "A good animation movie can take $50 million or more to produce. Animation is a highly labor-centric work."

Karen "Kay" Ross

You can get a gauge by looking up similar animated films on IMDb - https://www.imdb.com/ Look for same format and similar animation style.

John Ellis

All that money and expertise is the producer's job, not yours. Unless you want to get into producing yourself, then you should shadow that guy, be helpful and giving - and learn.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

Its really hard to estimate the cost of a film if you haven't got the screenplay in place. You can only assume what it will cost.

Tui Allen

John Ellis, I have no wish to go into producing myself. Too old to take up that kind of challenge. This is just curiosity. So I will try and follow Karen's advice.

Tui Allen

I found out via Wikipedia in the end. The two most similar movies would be finding Nemo and Happy Feet. Finding Nemo had a budget of $94 million and Happy Feet was $100 million. And that would be $US. That's terrifying. but Happy Feet had some very similar visuals with huge waves and fabulous ocean scenery.

Bob Harper

Hi Tui - are you saying the person who optioned your novel doesn't have any expertise in producing or selling an animated feature? Those numbers you researched are old - Finding dory comes in around $200 Million. But Pixar and the other big studios are very overindulgent. Minions for instance came out about the same time as Finding Dory and cost $74 Million. Through coproductions and outsourcing, you could probably get by with around $50 Million to get something of high quality. As Willem pointed out, without a script or at least a strong outline it would be hard to come up with an actual budget. Some of the lower end animated features are being produced for under 10 Million. If your guy isn't experienced, then he needs to find an experienced animation producer to figure out a real gameplan.

Kumar Sambhav

many congratulations Tui Allen being an animation studio, I can tell you, we can finish the 3d production of 90mins in $10mn, and I think u need an additional $5 mn for pre-production viz music/sound/screenplay/VO. and another $5mn for other contingencies so in $20mn you can have your 90min ready to sell to more than 100 territories, theatrical / OTT rights/gaming rights/ in three years your $20mn will become $150mn, and if your movie got the attention of big boys, then many congratulations, u get to make a $100mn movie.

Claude Gagne

You can have all the money it requires to make a movie, but if you don't have a great script, you'll be throwing your money away. That's the hard part, Kumar. All the best in your projects.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Great information, Bob Harper and Kumar Sambhav!

Kumar Sambhav

Claude Gagne yes absolutely universal truth, a live example is the dragon slayer which broke records being an animation studio we can only make it look awesome but the story is the main and secret ingredient.

Kumar Sambhav

This is quality we can deliver in $10mn - https://youtu.be/xuQEv5ANkz4

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

Who are we Kumar?

Osman Barralaga

You need a script to build a budget, without that it's nearly impossible.

Kumar Sambhav

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga :-) we means my animation studio,

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