Endorsed by the world’s leading supplier of digital media solutions Toon Boom Animation and the embassy of Mexico in the Philippines, Animex and Cutting Edge’s planned creative synergy looks forward to the creation of multicultural and original animated contents, and new business models.
|Cutting Edge Productions’ “Dayo Sa Mundo Ng Elementalia”|
“The animation industry in the Philippines has been built in the past on outsourcing. But the future is on creation of local content and co-production where the Philippine studio takes a bigger position, and therefore gets a bigger piece of the pie. We are confident that the linkage and exchange program between Animex and Cutting Edge will be a big flagship initiative in the Philippines,” she adds.
Animex and Cutting Edge studios have 16 years' combined experience in producing and marketing original animated contents. Both companies’ past digital animation projects have been considered groundbreaking.
Animex, which has established a division in Hollywood, California, is also collaborating with Mexican-American actor and director Edward James Olmos in his first animated Mexican feature entitled “Il Americano”--a hilarious tale about a flock of birds migrating from Mexico to the United States.
On the other hand, Cutting Edge is composed of local animators and producers behind “Dayo Sa Mundo Ng Elementalia”, the Philippines’ first full-length 2D digital animated film, which premiered at the annual Metro Manila Film Festival two years ago. ulti-awarded film composer and musical arranger Jessie Lasaten sits as the company’s president and chief executive officer.
“Animex and Cutting Edge certainly share common grounds: birth pains, corporate values and advocacies. For the cultural exchange program, we are selecting the best candidates from both our teams. We could have animators from Mexico and the Philippines switch places twice or thrice a year,” says Ricardo Arnaiz, Animex producer and director.
As maiden venture, Animex and Cutting Edge have started co-producing their first 3D animated short film that explores the similar culture and traditions of Mexicans and Filipinos. Animex’s Mr. Arnaiz and Filipino director Jerry Santiago helm the Mexican/Filipino production.