Short film, sci-fi, 2016, 25 min

“Companion” is an animated graduate film made at FAMO in Písek. The production officialy began in 2015 and is bound to be completed in 2016. The film uses combination of animation and live action and was completely shot with the use of green screen backgrounds. In post-production, all live action acting is being rotoscoped into cartoon style look so it stylisticaly blends with its CG backgrouds.
“Companion” is a dystopian science fiction with elements of cyberpunk. It is set in the giat gloomy town of Lithium 14. The town is under a huge revolution process in terms of integrating highly advanced robots into the human population. Of course, not every one acceds to robot integration. Activists of the radical party handle the situation their own way, by using any attainable measures. The story revolves around the AID corp. (Artificial Inteligence Development) worker Seleny who tragically looses her husband (the chief developer for AID) in a terrorist attack. Selena decides to get a new robot model that her husband and she have been developing. At first, everything is working fine and the relatioship between Selena and her new robot is almost ideal. But nothing is as it seems at first sight. Selena is not aware that she is also kept under surveilance of the radical party.

Bláža Hlasová
Hanka Ondrková
Story and Directing: Jakub Šikula
Director of Photography: Nina Ščamborová
Editing: Daniel Bašta
Sound: Vojtěch Nedvěd
Produced by Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Písek.

Shot on Canon 5D Mark III + Atomos Ninja
The visual style of the film is achieved by the technique of rotoskoping and 3D space creation in post-production. For this reason the whole movie was filmed with greenscreen. The set consisted purely of actors and objects they had to handle. Everything that had to be created in post-production was carefully pre-planed and drawn in the storyboard.