Cap­i­tal re­boots an­i­mated series

Times Colonist - - Front Page - MICHAEL D. REID mreid@times­colonist.com

The cap­i­tal re­gion is play­ing a star­ring role in a re­boot of a pop­u­lar 1990s an­i­mated series, its pro­duc­ers con­firmed Tuesday.

Film­ing has taken place since mid-Fe­bru­ary un­der a cloak of se­crecy on ini­tial se­quences for Re­Boot: The Guardian Code,a 20-episode hy­brid of com­put­er­gen­er­ated an­i­ma­tion and live ac­tion be­ing shot here.

Lo­ca­tions in­clude pri­vate homes, the Round­house and Oak Bay High School, dou­bling as Alan Tur­ing High, and a cus­tombuilt stu­dio in Cen­tral Saanich.

The new series will pre­mière in Canada on YTV next year.

There has been lots of on­line buzz about the fran­chise’s fu­ture since the 2015 Banff World Me­dia Fes­ti­val. That’s when Cana­dian me­dia and broad­cast­ing com­pany Corus En­ter­tain­ment said it had given Vancouver’s Main­frame Stu­dios the green light to pro­duce a re-imag­ined ver­sion of the series that aired on YTV from 1994 to 2001. Fortyeight episodes of the orig­i­nal were sold to 84 coun­tries and the series in­spired a line of Ir­win Toys and an Elec­tronic Arts video game.

Cre­ator Michael Hef­feron’s mul­ti­ple-plat­form re­make fol­lows four teenagers se­lected to be­come the next gen­er­a­tion of cy­berspace guardians.

“As ground­break­ing as the orig­i­nal Re­Boot was, be­ing the first-ever CG [com­puter graph­ics] an­i­mated series, Re­Boot: The Guardian Code takes it to a whole new level,” Hef­feron said.

The re­make stars Ty Wood, Syd­ney Sco­tia, Ajay ParikhFriese and Gabriel Darku as the teenage he­roes re­cruited by V.E.R.A., a “vir­tual evo­lu­tion­ary re­com­bi­nant avatar,” to stream into cy­berspace and pro­tect it.

Live-ac­tion se­quences will be in­ter­cut with CG an­i­ma­tion pro­duced with the Un­real game en­gine, which Hef­feron said will de­liver “a truly unique and en­gag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence” for a new tech-savvy gen­er­a­tion of view­ers.

Re­Boot: The Guardian Code will be aug­mented by 360-de­gree in­ter­ac­tive mo­bile games, a dig­i­tal trad­ing card game that syncs with the broad­cast and a vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence.

Vic­to­ria film com­mis­sioner Kath­leen Gil­bert said she wel­comed pro­duc­tion of such a series here, es­pe­cially af­ter los­ing Ch­e­sa­peake Shores, the Hall­mark series, to the Qualicum area.

Gil­bert ac­knowl­edged she was dis­ap­pointed that Gra­ce­point, the Fox series that filmed here in 2014, wasn’t picked up for a sec­ond sea­son. “Series like th­ese tend to keep crews here, and they em­ploy a lot of peo­ple in en­trylevel po­si­tions,” she said.

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He­roes in cy­berspace. A scene from Re­Boot: The Guardian Code.

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