New animated series captures charm and mystery of famous Prague legends
A group of independent filmmakers and animators, headed by producer Mirek Veselý, is nearing completing of a series of animated shorts entitled Old Prague Legends. As the name suggests, the series focuses on some of the city’s oldest tales, either famous or almost forgotten.
“We all know that some parts of history become forgotten and that is also true of legends. Some legends remain very well-known but some are not. In the first series of eight episodes we decided to focus on better-known legends from old Prague but if we continue, the 2nd series will focus on some of the lesser-known tales.”
What are some of the legends that have already been produced?
So the aim is not only to reach Czech viewers...
“Correct. The ambition is to address a much wider audience and for the stories to be enjoyed not only by Czechs but also visitors to Prague, fans of the city and others. Since anyone can watch most of the legends for free at our website we have already gotten a great response from viewers from other countries including Poland, Italy, Russia and the UK. People have really liked it so far and we have already dubbed the first eight episodes into English and we are working on a Russian version as we speak.”
What are some of the reactions?
“Some of them really love it and many are interested to find out what further episodes will be about. They also ask about further information about the different legends. So they are really interested in where things will go from here.”
Let’s turn to the animation: it strikes me as very effective, what are some of the techniques that the series uses?
Making films is one of the most expensive fields: how is the project being funded?
“It has been paid for from private funds but we were also inspired by kickstarter and crowdfunding projects so we received donations and in return those who pledged will receive DVDs. There is, however, still more work to be done. In addition, we are talking to Barrandov Studios and are in negotiation with Czech TV to try and have the series broadcast, but there I cannot reveal details at this time.”
Of the episodes that were produced so far, which would you recommend?
To learn more about Old Prague Legends please visit www.legendystareprahy.cz. One of the clips featured has narration in English.
The episode featured today was first broadcast on July 9, 2013.