Join us April 8th for an inside look at the making of the Netflix series The Liberator with director and executive producer Greg Jonkajtys!
With the release of The Liberator, audiences were introduced to a new technology called Trioscope, which blends live-action actors with CGI allowing for a 3D graphic novel experience. We are excited to have Greg discuss how the four-part show pivoted from an animated series to become the first Trioscope project and how employing this enhanced hybrid animation helped tell the story.
The Liberator is based on the book The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey by Alex Kershaw and tells the story of an integrated group of white cowboys, Mexican Americans and Native men who led a group of American soldiers through some of the most grueling battles to liberate Europe. Using Trioscope, Greg and his team were able to expand their locations and props in a cost-effective way while creating unprecedented, compelling visuals. During the livestream, Greg will share raw material from the live action shoot, as well as initial storyboards, previz, and test materials for the series, and talk about challenges and ideas that helped achieve the final look of the series.
Greg has worked as an animator and VFX artist for nearly two decades, including credits on Avengers: Infinity War, The Revenant, and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. He will talk about some of his prior work experience that brought him to his latest project before detailing how elements such as the actors' makeup, costumes and props were crucial in realizing the style of The Liberator.
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Greg Jonkajtys is a director, animator and visual effects artist who graduated from Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts, and has worked in the animation, feature film industry for the last 20 years.
Greg directed his first animated short, Mantis, in 2000, and won several international awards including the BAF and Imagina Independent Talent Award.
While working in Poland for Platige image, and in the USA for Digital Kitchen, Cafefx, Syndicate, and Industrial Light & Magic, Greg has contributed as a visual effects artist and lead animator for such films as Sin City, Hellboy, Pan’s labyrinth, Mist, Rango, Avengers 2, Captain America The Winter Soldier, Star Wars Ep VII, Warcraft and The Revenant, among many others.
In 2007 Greg directed his second short film Ark, for which he was nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes film festival the same year, and won the prestigious Siggraph Electronic Theater Best of Show. In 2010 Greg completed work on The 3rd Letter, a live-action sci-fi drama that received a number of awards at film festivals around the country including Best Director Award at Holly Shorts Film Festival in Los Angeles 2010.
In 2020 Greg directed The Liberator, a Netflix limited series, produced by Trioscope and A&E Studios.
The same year Greg founded Trioscope Studios, with L.C.Crowley and Brandon Barr, that continues to develop TV and film projects.