The animation artists of Central Florida’s Steamroller Studios have acquired the IP for a forthcoming feature film from Jamaal Bradley’s Pop Willy Productions, with the two studios joining forces to produce Master. Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Rise of the Guardians) is on board as executive producer for the film, which debuted its official teaser today.
Master follows the story of Olivia, a once-promising martial arts champion who is on a journey to guide her family to what she believes is a better life. Along the way, Olivia discovers that the life she is leaving behind is the one she should be fighting for.
The movie’s release date has not yet been announced.
Steamroller Studios provides high-end animation and cutting-edge technology for out-of-this-world storytelling and experience design for clients. They’ve contributed to major blockbuster films, attractions for iconic theme parks and household-name video games, including Fortnite.
Steamroller’s animated short Spice Frontier was the recipient of ample official selections and accolades (Dragon Con Independent Film Festival, Florida Animation Festival, SHORT to the Point, I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. Festival, Independent Short Awards, Best Shorts Competition, Top Shorts). The film debuted online in June 2020.
Jamaal Bradley, head of Pop Willy Productions, is currently a senior animator at Valve Software in Seattle. He formerly served as a supervising animator at DreamWorks Animation. During his career spanning over two decades, he has been a senior animator on Oscar-nominated films from Disney (Tangled), DreamWorks (Puss in Boots, The Croods, The Croods 2, Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda 3, Boss Baby) and Sony Pictures Imageworks (Surf’s Up, Monster House).
Pop Willy Productions’ animated short film Substance was an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival, British Animation Film Festival, Global Impact Film Festival, Harlem Int’l Film Festival, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival and Urbanworld Film Festival.