Asta's Journey is a 2d Animated film that encourages young girls to be brave and bold in the face of danger. It's a film that encourages children to dream, be creative, and strive for adventure while teaching them about Norse Mythology in a fun and exciting way.
Inclusion StatementAs a Norwegian-American, sharing my culture and heritage has always been important to me. I want to spread awareness of Norse mythological themes and creatures in a family-friendly way. Our female-driven team will bring their own unique perspectives to the table as we complete this project together.
About The Project
Asta's Journey is a 2D Animated film that tells the story of a young Norwegian girl on the eve of her ninth birthday. Asta lost her mother to illness when she was very young, and is feeling sad as her birthday approaches. She decides to make a wish - to see her mother one more time. Asta gets a bit more than she wishes for as she embarks on an adventure through a magical forest. Along the way she meets a large white wolf name Ylva. Ylva needs Asta's help and the pair set off through the forest where they encounter all manner of Norse mythological creatures. From trolls to huldra's, dragons and witches, Asta has the adventure of a life time. In the end, however, she must make a great sacrifice in order to see her wish fulfilled.
This film serves to entertain audiences as well as educate them on the themes found in Norse muythology. Folklore and mythology hold an incredibly important position in any given culture or society. In an animated film about Anasi the Spider produced and directed by Gerald McDermott, the narrator says the following about folklore: "Folklore transforms. It makes the ordinary into the magical. These stories give beauty to the way of man. They give him dignity. They express the joy of life. Folklore, mythology - these prepare man for adult life. They place him within his culture. With oral traditions, re-told through generations, the social group maintains its continuity, handing down its culture."
When I was in college, my grandfather encouraged me to participate in the Miss Norway of Greater New York Contest in Brooklyn, NY. I won the title of Miss Norwegian Heritage. My grandfather was so proud of me. In my acceptance speech, I promised I would continue to use my creativity to honor and spread my culture and heritage. Storytelling, theatre, film: these artistic mediums among others provide an outlet for culture and tradition. They give us a platform to share our stories and allow us to connect with others across borders, cultures, and walls. Storytelling in any medium allows us to reach out and connect with one another.
Asta's Journey is a film that seeks to cross borders and share a riveting tale of a young girl's adventure so that she might inspire and encourage others to be brave as well.
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About This Team
Writer/Director: Freia M. Titland is an Actress, Writer, Director, and Arts Educator. She received her BFA in Acting and Religious Studies from Pace University and Oslo University, her MA in Theatre from Regent University, and is currently working on her MFA in Film from Regent University. Freia has written, directed, and produced various award winning independent film projects, and has directed a handful of creative photography projects as well. Freia is also the founder and festival director of The Midnight Film Festival.
Freia has been working with children for over seven years. As a performing arts teacher and director, Freia has helped children aged 3 - 14 create and share their stories through the mediums of theatre and film. Freia believes arts education is incredibly important and strives to
Sound Designer/Co-Producer: Callum Plews is an audio editor and engineer. Some of his work is as follows: 2018 Audible’s Best Fiction Audiobook • Audio editor and mastering engineer for Circe by Madeline Miller. 2017 Earphones Awards Winner • Recording engineer for 2017 Earphones winner Death In The Air by Kate Winkler Dawson. Podcast productions: Eye on AI, Mystery of Memory, Groomed LA, Singapore Unbound. Audio for film productions: Rider Real, Heir, Life of Significant Soil, Carnal Orient, Sensory Perception. Audiobook directorial work: Take You Wherever You Go by Kenny Leon, Consider The Lobster by David Foster Wallace, Spaceman by Mike Massimino.
Lead Animator: Jeannie Lee is an experienced Illustrator and Animator. She has experience preparing storyboards and animatics. She also has worked as a lead character designer and multi-media designer and the lead animator for “Why Don’t I Like the Way I Look?” by Rachel Gitlevich.