On August 1, 2015, principal photography for the upcoming feature The Partner began in Vladivostok.
For the first time in Russian cinema, the protagonist is a CG child, created using a unique combination of two state-of-the-art technologies: motion capture and facial retargeting.
It’s not easy to maintain the reputation of the toughest cop of Maritime Province when you look like a one-year-old child. That is the conundrum Major Chromov finds himself in after giving a hard talking-to to a fortuneteller, who curses him. Now the experienced cop has to get used to living in the body of a toddler. Yet even after swapping a police car for a stroller, he is capable of wreaking havoc to the Chinese mafia that has rooted itself in the city of Vladivostok in the far east of Russia. The mother of the toddler has no idea that her son is capable of interrogating criminals, and the father is forced to become Chromov’s unwilling partner and take part in the most daring stints. Together they will be finishing the special police operation and capturing the dangerous mafia boss.
The Partner is a unique Russian film project, in which the protagonist is created form the ground up with the help from the best experts in computer animation from around the world. Using state-of-the-art technology, they will be able to achieve unprecedented realism in the character movement and, what’s more, to perfectly render the facial expressions of actor Sergey Garmash. That alone is a recipe for a great comedy.
Producer Sergey Selyanov in an interview to RBK: “The Partner is a very ambitious project, because never before did we have such a baby on the big screen. It is also a very challenging project for our crew: every day we make exciting new discoveries. This is going to be pure comedy, but in addition to being funny, it’s going to be unique. The protagonist himself is an attraction in and of itself. We are hoping that the viewers will enjoy watching the film as much as we are enjoying making it.”