Storyoscopic Films is a production company formed by leading 3D conversion company Venture 3D’s founders Marcus Englefield and George Lee. Partners also include veteran entertainment industry executives Brent Baum and Sam Chi. The goal of the company is to produce high-quality animation and genre films with a budget range of $15 million to $40 million that lend themselves to a global audience. The partners have reaped great success in putting together multiple media and entertainment investments between Hollywood and China, highlighted by the recent deal between Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group and Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Co. Ltd.
Storyoscopic Films has also entered into a strategic partnership with Relativity Media. Under this output deal, Storyoscopic will produce and finance around five or more projects per year which will be released internationally through Relativity’s output partners, and domestically through Relativity Europa Distribution.
Storyoscopic Films’ recent projects include the animated feature film Animal Crackers, directed by Tony Bancroft (Mulan) and starring Emily Blunt, Sylvester Stallone, Sir Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, and John Krasinski. The film is produced by Storyoscopic Films, Blue Dream Studios, Wenhua Dongrun, and China Film Group, who is also handling distribution in China. Relativity Media has acquired the film for US distribution and international sales, and international marketing partners on the film include Mondalez and 7-Eleven.
In addition, the company is executive producing action-packed films November Man 2 with Pierce Brosnan, and Valet, which is written by Oscar-nominated writer Jason Hall (American Sniper) and to be directed by Ari Sandel.
Storyoscopic is also developing several TV properties. They have partnered with Wexworks Media (Paw Patrol, Bakugan, Redakai) to develop an animated TV series around K-Pop girl band 4Minute. Meanwhile, the company is developing a sci-fi TV series with the Roddenberry Group, creators of Star Trek.