Rodolphe Guenoden, a cornerstone of Dreawmorks’ founding animation crew, is leaving to direct The Bravest, a a 40 million euros (US$44 million) centered around the lives of New York firefighters.
The Bravest is being set up for production in Montreal, Canada, where it will be produced by L’Atelier Animation, which recently wrapped on Ballerina. The producers of the film, Laurent Zeitoun and Yann Zenou, made the second-highest-grossing French film of all-time, 2011’s The Intouchables, and they are also the producers of Ballerina. They are developing The Bravest through their Montreal-based shingle Main Journey.
Guenoden was among the core group of Amblimation animators who came over from London in the mid-1990s to form Dreamworks Animation and produce the studio’s first film, The Prince of Egypt. At Amblimation, he had served as a supervising animator on Balto, and animator on We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story. Some of his highlights at Dreamworks include animation supervision on Chel in The Road to El Dorado and Proteus in Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.