TULSA – Cherokee Nation and its film office are proud to celebrate the world premiere of “The Origin of Strawberry,” the first project of its kind to be designed, animated and produced at Cherokee Film Studios.
This groundbreaking work uses the latest innovations in motion capture to paint an age-old story of reconciliation. Cherokee short films are created using Tribe’s state-of-the-art soundstage technology, including motion and performance capture systems, real-time graphics in game engines, and powerful content creation software.
“The Cherokee Nation is combining the incredible efforts of native speakers with the use of emerging technologies and unique content creation tools to help preserve and share our language,” said Jennifer Loren, Cherokee Film Senior Director. “This proof-of-concept project is a Great example of how state-of-the-art technology combined with revolutionary workflows creates endless opportunities for us to share our own stories in exciting new ways.”
The tribal film recently premiered at the 2023 deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City. Exhibited during the annual film festival’s Future of Film section, it showcases films and experiences created using innovative technologies such as motion capture, drones, digital animation, augmented reality and fully immersive 360 virtual reality.
“Throughout the creation of this short film, we wanted to push the boundaries of creative freedom and the ability to experiment and try new things,” said Michael Lister, Virtual Production Manager at Cherokee Nation Film Office. “We achieved this through innovations in motion and performance capture technology and the use of virtual cameras in Unreal Engine. This allows us to visualize and edit our content in real time, giving us near-final scenes before talent leaves the set Clip.”
CNFO also partnered with deadCenter Film to present the festival’s inaugural Celebrating Homegrown Film Reception, highlighting Homegrown films and filmmakers. Indigenous Project and Cherokee National Film Awards winner “Fancy Dance” won best feature film and best Indigenous film, while the film’s director, Erica Tremblay, was awarded the 2023 Movie icon title.
Designated an OSCAR®-qualifying festival for animated and live-action short films, the deadCenter Film Festival screened an impressive 150-plus titles, including 16 homegrown titles, during the four-day event this month. The annual Oklahoma City event highlights the diversity of filmmakers through specific categories, including African Films, Women Directors, 2SLGBTQ+ Filmmakers, New Directors, Spanish-language and Oklahoma Films, and Dedicated to Indigenous Films specific section of the .
For more information on the Cherokee National Film Office, visit cherokee movie.