Sydney studio Animal Logic – famous for animated features such as The LEGO Movie and Peter Rabbit – have announced the launch of a new production company, Truant Pictures, which will develop and produce live-action genre films in Australia.
The new company, a subsidiary of Animal Logic, will primarily develop and produce the films in collaboration with emerging and established Australian talent. Wherever possible the films will be produced in Australia for a worldwide market.
CEO Zareh Nalbandian will produce while Toby Nalbandian and Greg Schmidt will serve as VPs of Development and Production. Truant Pictures will be headquartered at Animal Logic’s Sydney-based studios and will also operate out of its Los Angeles offices alongside sister company Animal Logic Entertainment.
“Animal Logic has had great success developing and producing four quadrant, major studio films in Australia,” said Zareh. “I am excited about expanding our focus through Truant Pictures to a new slate of genre projects with an incredibly talented pool of filmmakers down under.”
“Truant was born from our passion to cultivate, nurture and promote Australian talent internationally,” said Toby. “Working in this space allows us to engage with a diverse range of talent that will represent some unique and often times underrepresented points of view.”
“Some of the most important and relevant stories today are being told through genre,” said Greg. “We’re thrilled to be producing thought-provoking genre films out of Australia that have commercial appeal in the global marketplace.”
Current projects in development include The Haunting of Mary Todd with Zak Hilditch and Justin Monjo, Biohackers with Stephen McCallum and Michael Kratochvil, The Galvanist with Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause, and The Gooynboon with Jub Clerc.