"Regoch & Kosjenka" is one of the 8 animated stories from THE BEST AND MOST AWARDED CROATIAN ANIMATION & CROSS-MEDIA PROJECT - "CROATIAN TALES OF LONG AGO".
The author of this adaptation of the classic Slavic fairy tale written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic is Helena Bulaja Madunic - established Croatian multimedia artist and director en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Bulaja
To watch other cartoons from this project go here - Croatian Tales of Long Ago
and you can e-mail main director and producer Helena Bulaja Madunic at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT the STORY by Helena: Every film has a director, and so does Regoch. Although the film is largely my creation, all the elements within it equally contributed to the development of my inspiration for the final cut. The work on Regoch was very complex and lasted four years! When I look back to it today, this was for me, in fact, a kind of personal study of animation, directing and editing. When I finally decided to do Regoch on my own, after an unsuccessful attempt to form a team in Croatia, I have to admit that I knew very little about directing, editing
or animation. The decision came about in July 2003, by accident. One day, just like any other day, the mailman
rang the bell and he gave me a nice little parcel from far away New York. It contained a CD with film music
by Christian Biegai and a letter full of compliments and it all arrived in just the nick of time! The day before the parcel arrived, I was having a difficult time, wondering if I should try to find an international team for Regoch, after a series of failed attempts to create Kosjenka with Petar Grimani and Zvonimir Dusper between Zagreb and Split. But after I listened to Christian’s CD, it was just like something silently moved in my heart. I had a feeling that I saw Regoch and Kosjenka moving through their adventure. Even though they existed only in my head as “living people,” this was the first time that I really saw them together and the whole story suddenly became intimate to me. Frankly, at that moment, I had no idea how this adventure would end but I felt that I, of all people, with Christian’s help, needed to take them through the story together and give them a new life. The same day I sent Regoch to Christian, he replied to me even faster and started to compose. There was not much animation or illustration to see at that point, so the music was created primarily on the basis of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić’s original story. But, just as if he had always known this imaginary world, Christian created eight music stories in less than three weeks, flew to Berlin, and recorded them there in a studio. By September, the mailman delivered another CD to my door, this one with the original music composed for the final Regoch. Another three years went by in the creation of Legen, the underworld and the evil villagers. For some of those, Petar Grimani and I visited and filmed the actual locations, to make Brlić’s world come to life in them. There we also found Liljo and his friends. We caught the character Regoch on camera during an Amsterdam afternoon. Nuno Almeida, an architect from Portugal, became Regoch by accident when he tried to help my friend Ivana Muller in her quest for Kosjenka. Two years later, just as coincidentally as Christian became part of the project, Marijana Jelic, an illustrator from Zagreb, visited me and together, we managed to create this delicate, gentle and fickle fairy creature, Kosjenka. Through the following year she became acquainted with the world that we created for her and started to live there in July of 2006.
And last but not least, i won award for this my first film in the middle of Hollywood at "Family FIlm Festival" at United Artist Studios! The trophy was given to me by daughters of Friz Freleng ... it was my first time in LA, totaly in style! ... ;) ... but I wasn' that much personally impressed with all that american way of doing things, as Iat that time it was just one more thing on my way to fly off for New Zealand in my search for Tesla ;)