Pre-production has begun on The Duel, the new Irish animated short which is inspired by Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and has the writer as one of its executive producers.

IFTN reports that Dublin-based Giant Animation Studios developed the movie after Pratchett gave the green light to an initial treatment.

Giant Animation Studios is teaming up with the Animation Hub - animators from Ballyfermot College of Further Education and Trinity College Dublin - for the project.

They previously worked together on the IFTA-nominated The Last Train.

Sean Mullen, Alex Sherwood and Ben Harper of Giant Animation wrote and will direct The Duel, which is due for completion next August.