In a first, Dreamworks’ theatrical releases are going to start offering a little extra next year that is an animated short in front of each feature film.
The studio has announced the formation of a shorts program, Dreamworks Shorts, that will kick off with Bird Karma directed by William Salazar, before the Japanese release of The Boss Baby next March.
The shorts program was launched with an open pitch session for employees across the studio, at which Dreamworks Animation Film Group President Chris DeFaria and his creative team took over 25 pitches.
From those pitches, the studio selected eight projects for active development with the following three planned for release in the next 18 months: Bird Karma directed by William Salazar, Marooned directed by Andy Erekson, and a currently-untitled short directed by Pierre Perifel, Liron Topaz, and JP Sans.
The studio has outlined a variety of goals for the programme including to advance the artists’ storytelling and creative skills, develop new technologies, create unique collaborations, explore new stories and characters for feature development, and identify emerging talent within the company.
Dreamworks had earlier released one theatrical short based on an original concept: the 2006 effort First Flight, which was attached to some prints of Over the Hedge.