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Welcome To Melville

Welcome To Melville follows the lives of Aldy and Brandt, the last two blue whales in existence, as they narrowly avoid extinction with the assistance of their rehabilitated astronaut guardian.

  • Brett Knickrehm
  • Andrew Mitchell
  • Brett Knickrehm
  • Andrew Mitchell
  • Andrew Mitchell
  • Brett Knickrehm
  • Brett Knickrehm
    Key Cast
    "Brandt, Preston, Madge, Pancakes, Steve"
  • Andrew Mitchell
    Key Cast
    "Aldy, Lance, Enrique"
  • Adam Paswaters
    Key Cast
    "Spaceman, Reporter"
  • Claire Coyle
    Key Cast
    "Space Cowboy"
  • Holly Cooper
    Key Cast
  • Jeff Arehart
    Key Cast
  • Igor Lengo
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Sci-fi, Absurdist
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Ukraine, United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Rome Prisma Film Awards
    January 30, 2022
    European Premiere
    Winner - Best Web Series/TV Pilot
  • Icon Film Awards
    February 16, 2022
    South East Asian Premiere
    Winner - Best Web Series
  • Slumberjack Film Festival
    Widnes, Cheshire
    United Kingdom
    April 23, 2022
    UK Premiere
    Winner - Best Web Series Episode
  • Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    February 15, 2022
    Indian Premiere
    Winner - Best Web Series
  • Dreamz Catcher International Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    March 11, 2022
    Winner - Best Television/Pilot Program or Series
  • GELOS Comedy Film Festival
    April 1, 2022
    Winner - Comedy Web Series
Director Biography - Brett Knickrehm, Andrew Mitchell

Brett Knickrehm (born April 26, 1989) and Andrew Mitchell (born January 24, 1990) are American animators, writers, directors, and voice actors. They are the creators of the animated comedy series, Welcome To Melville, as well as a collection of animated shorts titled, Axeman and Bass: Rockers Through Time, and the stop-motion short film, Whales to the Moon.

Andrew and Brett began their creative partnership in a film class at Centerville High School, shooting and editing several music videos and short films together and receiving high praise from instructors for their dedication to the craft of filmmaking.

The two attended Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio to study marketing before Brett ultimately dropped out, later enrolling in the International College of Broadcasting to focus on audio engineering and video production.

Post-graduation, the pair founded Twenty Two Media Productions, specializing in music video production, audio recording, and wedding videography.

Operating a semi-succesful production company, they set their sights on the more creative side of media and the concept for an animated comedy series, Whales With Legs, was birthed.

What began as a silly, crude, adult comedy took shape over the years and from 2013-2018 the concept, characters, and scripts were retooled and rewritten into a much more polished, mainstream project.

In 2019, the two attended the Hollywood Pitch Fest in Los Angeles and met with several influential names in the industry, being taken under the wing of an executive with Gaumont International Television.

Under the guidance of their new mentor, Andrew and Brett hired an extremely talented animator, Igor Lengo, and began to produce a series of short animatics to display their vision. Within months, they put a stop to the animatic shorts and began production on a full-color, full-length pilot episode and adopted a new name for the show after the town in which it takes place, Welcome to Melville.

With a pilot completed and a second episode in production, Andrew and Brett have begun to carve their own little groove into the world of animated comedy and will continue to write, draw, laugh, and dream up the craziest stories they can conceive until their untimely deaths in 2026 and 2032, respectively. They will be laid to rest in a his and his coffin at The Hollywood Cemetery for Subpar Creatives. Mark Wahlberg will be in attendance.

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Director Statement

Whales are people, too!