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Trioscope, the studio behind Netflix WW2 hit The Liberator, has secured $5.25 million in funding. Here are the details:

  • The round was led by Bitkraft Ventures, a fund focused on gaming, esports, and interactive media. Sony’s Innovation Fund also participated, as did Transcend Fund, Cordillera Investment Partners, and Thomas Vu/Axis Mundi Capital.
  • Trioscope will use the money to expand its U.S. and global business, boost its original IP and content slate, and grow its business licensing its proprietary animation technology to third parties.
  • The company was founded in 2020 by producers L.C. Crowley and Brandon Barr, and veteran vfx artist Greg Jonkajtys (Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Avengers: Infinity War, The Revenant).
  • It describes its tech as an “enhanced hybrid animation [that] marries human performance with animated environments.” It has been reticent about describing the technology in detail.
  • Central to Trioscope’s pitch is that shows using its tech are shot on a stage, not on location. Costs can be drastically cut as a result — up to 40-50%, Barr claims.
  • The character acting in The Liberator appears very faithful to the underlying live-action performances. Crowley has said of the studio’s approach, “We’re working with real actors and we’re keeping all of that native performance.”
  • Upcoming projects from Trioscope include Night of the Cooters, a short film produced by George R.R. Martin, as well as series for Netflix, Showtime, and CBS Studios.

News of Trioscope’s latest funding round was first reported by Deadline.

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Alex Dudok de Wit

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Alex Dudok de Wit is Associate Editor of Cartoon Brew.

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