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Comic book turned into real life

PUBLISHED: 12:27 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:10 05 July 2010

A DEDICATED group of Lowestoft actors could help turn a scriptwriter's comic book into a television phenomenon.

Rob Turner has been penning the cartoon Reynard City for the past three years and it is widely read on the internet.

A DEDICATED group of Lowestoft actors could help turn a scriptwriter's comic book into a television phenomenon.

Rob Turner has been penning the cartoon Reynard City for the past three years and it is widely read on the internet.

But now he is taking the brand to new levels with the help of a team of performers he met while making the recent local film Stagger.

The 25-year-old has teamed up with Linda Hook from Kessingland, who runs Nudge Productions, and together they have drafted in the volunteers to bring the characters to life.

After making an initial teaser trailer, which will be broadcast across the internet shortly, they intend to create a 30-minute pilot animation, suitable to send to television companies.

This week they have been working from Pakefield's Seagull Theatre recording the vocals, beginning what could be a six-month project, with the help of a team of animators that Rob already works with.

Both Rob and Linda are determined to make a success of their partnership, particularly as all the actors are working for free and they have no funding.

So far there are around 12 people in the cast and around five animators, based mainly in the Waveney area.

Linda said: “When we met on the Stagger set we had some talks about what Rob does and I offered my services. I've just started my own production company; I work in television and film and my main aim is to get local talented people together. All the people who are giving their expertise to this are from this area and most people were involved with Stagger.

“The aim of Rob and I is to get this half an hour pilot produced with no real legible funding. We didn't want to go cap in hand to people, we want people to realise this is something big.”

Reynard City focuses on a group of foxes with superhero powers, which includes AK Girl, who has super strength and can hear and see scenes in faraway places, as well as Wondervixen, who wields a pole with electric shock capability.

Rob said he believed the comics were destined for the small screen because the characters had so many layers to them.

“There is a massive depth to the characters and even in the pilot they experience flashbacks, suggesting they are not all as they seem. At times they seem to be more human than humans, they are flawed and they bicker.

“Their basic characters have been with me as long as I can remember and with influences I had growing up I started writing about them.

“It varies from Asterix, X Men to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and with real artists bringing them to life, everyone has their own influences, which is really interesting.

“These are characters I've come to care about and I'm passionate about it and I have people who are recording their parts who have passion about them. Everyone is so keen to get it right.”

Check out Facebook, where Reynard City has fan pages, or to download the magazine, get involved in the project or donate some sponsorship, email Rob via www.reynardcity.co.uk


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