3D craze is now really in! Toy Story, Shrek, Monsters Inc. and the
latest one, Finding Nemo have won the hearts of millions. In our country,
there are also a great number of 3D lovers, who are most eagerly waiting
for Disney's next production. The good news is that another 3D animation
film is already on its way. And this one is being made in Bangladesh!
Titled "Tratuler Jagot", this 3D-animation film will surely
cause a stir among the ardently waiting 3D fans.
The world has advanced a lot in the field of 3D-animation.
But Bangladesh could not yet attain much success in this area. With
our meager resources and limited technical expertise, 3D-animation
seemed to be next to impossible for us. Then in 2001 the first 3D-animation
movie titled "Montu Miyar Obhijaan" was released. But for
various reasons it failed to satisfy the interest and fascination
of the viewers. Recently, a software developing company called The
Shom Media, in their attempt to make the impossible a possible, took
this project into hand. With a team of nine young, energetic, dedicated
and determined people they started their tedious journey towards success.
They chose the science fiction "Tratuler Jagot" written
by the renowned litterateur Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal as the story
for their movie and started to work on it.
The story is about a youth, Tratul, who fights against
the misapplication of scientific technology of the distant future.
An evil scientist, with the help of some aliens from another galaxy,
has created an illusory world where he can keep the replicas of people
from earth. The evil group has also genetically created the most impeccable
person on earth, Riya and the most evil man on earth, Nuriga. Their
replicas have been sent to the illusory world. But why? What is their
intention? Will Tratul be able to restrain the evil intentions of
the evil scientist?
One of the most vital aspects about a 3D movie is
the story. If the story is not powerful, the movie might not be accepted
and enjoyed by the viewers. All foreign movies like Toy Story, Shrek,
Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo etc. had very good themes and each conveyed
some messages to the people. Shom Media chose Dr. Zafar Iqbal's novel
because all his novels contain a good and influential story, which
conveys a message to their readers. This is the first time that a
science fiction movie is going to be released in our country. Perhaps
"Tratuler Jagot" is going to be the first science fiction
based 3D-animation movie in the world.
Shom's road to the goal is not at all smooth. According
to Mrs. Afroza Haq, their Managing Director, the most difficult part
is to get a sponsor to finance the project. While there are many to
finance worthless Bangla movies, unfortunately, it is extremely difficult
to find one who will support such high-tech based entertaining project,
which will not only give unblemished pleasure to the viewers, but
also develop the skills of our multi-media software developers.
Technical Consultant and Director of the film Mr. Rajib Ahmed, a non-compromising,
talented software expert thinks that the biggest technical difficulty
they faced was with the software. "The creation of films like
Shrek or Monsters Inc. used the most developed software in the world.
But we had to improvise the available software in order to make it
compatible with our requirements. We could not use many of the foreign
software, as they could not provide us with the programs required
to create most of the native features", he revealed. Another
major technical problem was lip synchronization. It was not possible
to use the phoneme interaction created by Disney and is widely used
by the English 3D movie producers, because it does not match with
the lip movements of a person when speaking Bangla. But this problem
was efficiently overcome by ingenuity and hard work of the Shom team.
"We have put a lot of stress on quality", commented Mrs.
Afroza Haq. "We did not make any compromises about this. We have
tried our best to reach the international standard though it is true
that we could not achieve that standard yet. We truly hope that someday
we will achieve that goal as well. However, it was a big challenge
for us to attain this quality level. We have used twelve realistic
characters in this film in order to make the film more entertaining.
This is the first time in Bangladesh that realistic characters are
being used in an animated film. It is extremely difficult to create
a realistic figure and make it walk or talk."
Afroza Haq also talked about the steps taken to achieve high quality
voice recording. "Just like foreign 3D animation films, we have
hired professional artists to create the voices for our characters.
The voice of our hero and heroine, Tratul and Riya, was given by popular
artists Nader Chowdhury and Kumkum respectively. Voice is one of the
major aspects of such films and we did not compromise on this. All
the voice and sound recordings were done in a professional way in
proper studios", she added.
launching of the trailer of "Tratuler Jagot" on 5th September
2003 at Reporters' Unity Auditorium was a grand success. Inaugurated
by Dr. Zafar Iqbal himself, it was attend and enjoyed equally by young
children and intellects like Prof. Kaikobad of BUET and prominent
filmmaker M. A. Samad. "I am highly impressed with their quality
of work. Despite so many limitations this group of talented young
people have done a great job," praised Dr. Zafar Iqbal.
The film is scheduled to be released in November.
They do not want to release it in the cinema halls because being a
new type of movie, it might not be accepted by the local audience
who are more accustomed to typical Bangla films. It will take some
time before they understand and appreciate the concept of 3D movies.
"We are planning to release the film through one of the TV channels",
disclosed Mrs. Afroza Haq. "We are hoping that it will be telecast
during Eid-ul Fitr, along with the Eid programmes. In this way, the
film will get wide publicity."
We are sure millions of viewers will be eagerly waiting
to watch this extra-ordinary movie during the Eid holidays. From the
success of the trailer, it seems that "Tratuler Jagot" will
set a trend of 3D movies in Bangladesh.
(The writer wishes to thank Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Mrs.
Afroza Haq and Mr. Rajib Ahmed for their helpful support.)