He also apologized for the delay in the project’s progress due to lack of funding, manpower and deterioration of his health. He also took the complete blame on himself as he is the director of the project
Wahid Ibn Reza, who has made a name for himself in the Hollywood industry as a VFX artist, recently posted updates on his Liberation War animated film project “Surviving 71 - An Untold Story of an Unknown War” on his Facebook profile. He announced that the first teaser of the film will be released on March 26, 2019 marking the country’s 48th Independence Day.
“On this day, last year we announced that we have started a project to makle a feature length animated film on our liberation war and we would update you on the project a year later,” Wahid wrote on his Facebook profile on Tuesday.
“The film is titled ‘Surviving 71 - An Untold Story of an Unknown War’ and as we can not make a feature length film right now we decided that initially we will make a teaser first. Then subsequently its trailer, a short and later on the full length feature version of it,” he added.
He also apologized for the delay in the project’s progress due to lack of funding, manpower and deterioration of his health. He also took the complete blame on himself as he is the director of the project.
He later on wrote: “The initial design is complete for the first teaser. We have begun its background work and animation tests. Also the voice over recording will start very soon and the FX work is also ongoing. Iif everything goes according to the plan we are scheduled to release the first teaser on March 26, 2019, Inshallah.”
He also announced that they are experimenting on a VFX technique and researching on it as they have not done such thing before. They will initially make the weapons, vehicles and other elements of the film in 3D and later on render a 2D version of it as the film will be a hand drawn 2D animation film.
Real life experiences of Wahid’s father Rezaul Karim, a freedom fighter, academician, and former minister, will be portrayed in the feature version of the film.
A student at Mymensingh Teachers’ Training College during the war in 1971, Rezaul was arrested and picked up from there by Pakistani forces.
Wahid, currently the Associate Production Manager at Hollywood’s renowned animation production company Sony Pictures Imageworks, joined Bardel Entertainment’s animation studio after his graduation in Canada. He had worked there for a few years and later joined the famous Moving Picture Company (MPC) as project coordinator and worked for the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” project.
The artist has also worked for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) and “Doctor Strange” (2016) during his tenure in the Method VFX Studios.
Wahid worked with visual effects teams of Hollywood’s “Furious 7” (2015), “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015), “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (2014) and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
In May 2017, “Doctor Strange” was nominated for the Academy Awards for the Best VFX category which made him a part of an Oscar nominated team.