Irish-owned Egg, a post-production studio based on Fitzwilliam square in Dublin, recently wrapped up all the animation and visual effects on the quirky CGI/live action comedy pilot Imaginary Mary.
The pilot, which filmed in Vancouver in late February/early March, is based on an idea from successful writing duo Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In, The Goldbergs) and David Guarascio (Community), and was directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum).
Created by Oscar-winning director Patrick Osborne (Feast, Pearl), he chose EGG for this challenging project based on the team’s renowned character animation (Ghosthunters: on Icy Trails for Warner Brothers and Sinbad for Sky 1).
EGG’s artists led by Liam Neville (The Avengers), John Huikku (Lord of the Rings, Wreck It Ralph), Federico Radero (Underdogs) and Glen Southern (Penny Dreadful, Sky UK), developed Osborne’s original character into a sassy, foul-mouthed sidekick voiced by Rachel Dratch (30 Rock, King of Queens).
The story centres on Alice, a confirmed bachelorette, has her life turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged “imaginary friend” (a CGI animation) that Alice created as a child suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
Having recently screened at 2016 TV Upfronts, the pilot was subsequently picked up for series, with production happening in Canada. The series will be a co-production between Sony Pictures Television, ABC and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison, and will air in 2017.