Athena Studios Works with Skywalker Sound on Sound Mix for "Auntie Claus," Animation Film Project Now in Homestretch on Kickstarter


Last Updated: October 17, 2013 1:25 pm GMT
(Emeryville, California--October 17, 2013) Athena Studios, an Emeryville, CA-based company specializing in production services for film, animation, and multimedia clients, is in the home stretch with its Kickstarter campaign to raise funds toward the production of an animated film, “Auntie Claus.” The Kickstarter campaign will conclude on Thursday, Oct 17, at 5:30pm PT. The studio obtained the feature film rights to the award-winning children’s Christmas book by author Elise Primavera over the summer. The announcement was made today by Jon V. Peters, CEO/Founder, Athena Studios.

Please see:

Peters and Athena Studios worked on the “Auntie Claus” pitch trailer, featured on the Kickstarter site, with four time Academy Award-winning sound designer and motion picture editor Ben Burtt, at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm company. Peters and “Auntie Claus” co-producer Brice Parker recently met Burtt during a chance encounter at Burbank Airport, and shared with him their vision for the film, and the fact that its production could create 200 jobs for the Bay Area film community.

Ultimately, Athena Studios plans the project as a 90-minute, stop-motion animated motion picture. In addition to Burtt, other heavyweight animation industry figures already committed to the production of “Auntie Claus” include:

  • Pete Kozachik, Director of Photography: Kozachik has served as DP on “Coraline,” “The Corpse Bride,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” He was involved with the Visual Effects on “Star Wars Episode II,” “Ghostbusters 2,” “Starship Troopers,” “Star Trek IV,” and “Robocop 2 and 3.”

  • Tom Proost, Art Director: Proost has served as Art Director on “Coraline,” and worked in Visual Effects for “Galaxy Quest,” “Star Wars: Episode II,” “The Mummy,” “AI: Artificial Intelligence,” and “The Matrix 2 and 3.”

  • Brice Parker, Producer: Parker is a Pixar Animation Studios and ILM alum and was involved with Visual Effects management on the “Jurassic Park” and “The Matrix” film franchises.

  • Tim Taylor, Camera and Lighting: Taylor ran camera for “Coraline” and “Frankenweenie,” and worked in Visual Effects for “Con Air” and “Back to the Future 2.”

Originally released in 1999 by Harcourt, Inc., the book “Auntie Claus,” by author Elise Primavera, is the holiday story of 11-year old Sophie, a girl who is a materialistic byproduct of an entitled generation. For Sophie, the true meaning of the Christmas holiday comes from a store and arrives wrapped with a bow. One Christmas, all of that changes, however, when she follow her mysterious Aunt on a business trip and learns of her true heritage – Santa is very real, and Sophie’s one of the family. Sophie is whisked off on a grand adventure to the North Pole and a mission to rescue the holiday for children everywhere.

“Auntie Claus” is the first in a series of three books by Elise Primavera depicting the adventures of Sophie and her Great Aunt “Auntie Claus.” For more information, please see:

Athena Studios was launched as a full service production facility for companies seeking to produce their own videos or shoot a feature film. In addition to producing outside projects, Athena Studios, in 2013, also began to develop its own original content for motion pictures, television, web and multi-media presentations.
Athena Studios is conveniently located off Highway 80 in Emeryville, CA., in the heart of Northern California's “New Hollywood” -- near Pixar, Tippett Studios and Ex'pression College for Digital Arts. For more information, please see:


© 2018 All Rights Reserved