Feature Pitch project XI


The Royal family has been captured and imprisoned by the evil monster Ssenin. After a few months, he decided to slaughter the Romanovs family but the youngest Princess managed to escape in the cover of the pitch black night. Running through the woods, she came across a simple woman and her son who were coming back home after a whole day of work at the fish market. They saw how terrified she was, so they offered her shelter. She wanted to leave the next day as she was afraid that she would bring a terrible fate to the village but it seemed that no one had recognized her, so there was hope that Ssenin wouldn’t find her there. The old woman Raya and her son Ilya had quickly noticed that she was no ordinary girl, so she told them the truth. They hadn’t told her secret to anyone so she stayed in the village. Every month, the well-being of the village and the country was falling.

The monstrous usurper was a vicious ruler. He would eat five children for breakfast and raise taxes everyday. Ilya helped the princess come up with a plan to kill Ssanin and after 6 years of hiding she left the village in the the night. Moving through the country, she saw many horrible things that happened, because of Ssanin, that changed her… The journey wasn’t to avenge her family, it was to save the people and the country. Even though Ilya promised to stay home, he was following her all the way to Saint Petersburg where she spotted him at the market. He knew someone working in the palace that helped them to get hired there. One day, she heard one of the cooks complain that she has to read Ssanin books every evening and she would really rather go to sleep. She proposed to swap places with an excuse that she would love to read all the books in the palace but she’s not allowed to touch them. From this time every evening, she would go in to the ball room, that Ssanin had made his lair, and she would read. The monster really liked her voice and had soon fell to trust her and sometimes she could swear that he was closing his eyes and having a little nap. One winter evening she brought with her a thin long needle-like sword hid underneath her coat. She read the book, as always, and, as always, she saw Ssanin closing his eyes. Silently, she got up and moved across the room towards the monster’s head. His breath stank of blood. She retrieved the sword, she raised it up but then a big red eye opened and the monster’s head was already 3 meters above her. He spoke that he knew that she would come back and that now it is time for her to die. Had it not have been for Ilya, she would have died but he had shot the monster in the eye and then she cut off his head.

Anastasia became the Queen of Russia and ruled it until she passed away as a very old lady. And of course Ilya stayed with her. The happy ending is necessary, since it’s the complete reversal of the real even


I had  trouble in deciding which way to go to show the story. To make it realistic and use real human form of Lenin or to go in to a fairytale. After many days and asked questions for the opinion of others I decided to change him in to a monster and give him a similar sounding name. I think that in this way the story is less brutal so younger audience would be also able to watch the film. And in the way makes it more interesting, for some people can guess themselves that the fairytale monster is the real monster, and fun for others to find out in a different way, through internet or from someone else.

Ilya’s name – I’ve chosen this name couse is Russian and I simply like it.

Raya-s name – it’s the name of my great grandmother.

Looking for the style

Straight away I thought about Ivan Bilibin (1872-1042) one of the most known russian illustrators

He was highly inspired by a dark slavic folklore and creating in a form of Art Nouveau. Also he lived in the same time as Romanov’s family, which makes him a perfect persona to be inspired by.

The examples of russian animations from around 1950’s which also present the style I’d like to follow



. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.russianpaintings.net/articleimg/bilibin/small/boris_kustodiyev_portrait_of_the_painter_ivan-bilibin_1901.jpg. [Accessed 2 June 2016].

. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:https://illustratornate.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/vasilisa.jpg. [Accessed 2 June 2016].

. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:http://bordel.haghn.com/Art/Illustration/Bilibin%20Ivan/PR_RU–07–big.jpg. [Accessed 2 June 2016].

. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:http://uploads5.wikiart.org/images/ivan-bilibin/mushroom-1900.jpg. [Accessed 2 June 2016].

. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:https://aloblu.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/8950b-bilibin-stagesetinsadko.jpg. [Accessed 2 June 2016].

. 2016. . [ONLINE] Available at:http://apolitical.info/teleleli/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IvanBilibin10.jpg. [Accessed 2 June 2016].