Helka is a full length feature animation film about a 13 year old princess, who has to face her greatest enemy in order to make the land of legends; the ever glorious Balaton Empire a place of freedom and happiness.
About the concept:
The animation feature ‘Helka’ is inspired by the book ‘Helka – A Burok-völgy árnyai’ by Péter Nyulász; a children’s book, which won the Children’s Book of the Year award in 2011 at the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY). The characters wander through the region of Lake Balaton, Hegyest?’s volcanic cone, the ‘Sea of Stones’ at Szentbékkála and the Spring of Kékkút. We also tell the story of Lake Balaton’s legends, so our exciting fairytale may also educate people about this area. The movie’s honest purpose is to draw the attention to and present the nature of Lake Balaton with a story set in that scenery.
About the technology:
The film is created with a special blend of 2D and 3D animation. The characters and the props are created in 3D but lots of the background and foreground elements are 2D images composited on top of each other. This technique allows us to have wonderfully animated characters, the freedom of 3D cameras and the beauty of 2D paintings while keeping the production costs at a reasonable threshold.