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Studio ArtFX Takes On Japan

posted on by George Phillips
Studio ArtFX, an independant anime-styled American animation studio, has announced its intent to enter the Japanese market, and has produced a Japanese trailer showcasing past titles.

The trailer, available here, reads: "Kokoro no Seikai" (Heart of the World), "Log-in", "Interface", "Start".

Although only utilizing Studio ArtFX's previous titles (Understanding Chaos and Shadowskin) in the trailer, the work is intended for a Japanese audience unfamiliar with ArtFX. According to the Press Release, ArtFX potentially intends to release their previous two titles along with other independent animation from other studios.

Excerpted from the Press Release:

Los Angeles, California -- May 27th 2003 -- Studio ArtFX, Inc., helmed by independent animation director Terrence Walker, has set its sites on the Japanese home video market. With the growing popularity of independent anime production in Japan, Studio ArtFX is poised to enter the market with translations of its current titles and new content created specifically for the Asian market. One of the first excursions into that market will be with the potential franchise property combining both current titles and new works of independent animation, the trailer for which can be viewed here:


"During my trip to China and Japan as part of the NewTek Asia Tour in April of 2002," spoke Terrence Walker, "I was astonished to see first hand the popularity of what I am doing. Recent indie productions there have become smash hits in the home video market. After speaking with a number of other independent creators there, I decided this was the best move for furthering the exposure of Studio ArtFX' properties."

Studio ArtFX is currently in talks with both major studio and small independent distributors about future possibilities. These include releasing indie anime compilation DVDs in both the American and Japanese market. Providing extensive making-of extra features showing off the use of next generation tools such as Lightwave 3D and DStorm's FXBreak will insure both fans and up and coming creators find what they're looking for in the new products.

"It's always been a dream of mine to create anime in Japan and for the Japanese market," continued Terrence, "and now, through alliances with various studios there, that dream, too, will become a reality."

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