Bazley Films Rides With El Cid

To produce the final sequence in its animated epic El Cid, The Legend, Barcelona-based Filmax enlisted the talents of U.K. studio Bazley Films. Set in the 11th century, the film is based on the true story of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, the exiled son of a Castilian nobleman who become a military leader and national hero.

Bazley’s team, which includes former Disney and Warner Bros. animators, is based at the state-of-the-art The Bath Studios near the historic city of Bath. For the project, they are relying heavily on 1.6 terabyte connection that enables them to collaborate with studios worldwide.

The mutual use of use Cambridge Animation System’s Animo software also allows Bazley Films to share files with The Toon Factory in Barcelona, which has been coordinating the production from Spain. According to Bazley, the depth of the pencil test system is allowing the animation to be composited at an early stage with multiple characters and camera moves.