A Caldwell native has hit the Hollywood silver screen through an animated movie, but he didn't reach the cinema without a few trials.
This movie is not only a family film, but it has sentimental meaning to a Burleson County native. 'The Last Flight of the Champion' is Brandon Muzny's first film. He graduated Caldwell High School in 2004 with a dream, to make animated movies. He said his passion in 3D art took off when he was an art student in high school. He then attended Texas A&M to study environmental design before he transferred to the Art Institute of Houston.
"All of my hard work had finally paid off and it's always been a dream of mine having something come out in theaters," Muzny said.
Muzny oversaw the special effects, character development and post production of the movie. "I just started going after it as a hobby then it turned into a career," he said.
The 88-minute movie took Muzny and his team more than three years to make. He says all of the long nights at the office paid off. "It was well worth it," he said. "We really enjoyed it. None of us really had problems pushing those kinds of hours since it was so much fun."
The animated film debuted in 15 select theatres across the nation for a week. The PG movie even got the approval of his two-year-old daughter. "It was actually her very first movie," Muzny said. "I think she liked it a lot."
The movie has received good reviews so far. One critic even said, "This really is an incredible animated story." However, he said the positive reviews are nothing compared to the feeling he got seeing his name on the screen.
"Nothing I could imagine; seeing my name up on the credits," Muzny said.