The official Khumba soundtrack by Bruce Retief is now available to buy. Find it at your nearest store or get it at Amazon or iTunes. Read the recent article on Bruce in Screen Africa to find out more about the talented composer behind the music:
Bruce Retief, composer of animated feature films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, released by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, produces albums and composes and arranges music for various artists in South Africa. However, these movies were his big break into composing film scores.
“I knew about the plans to make Adventures from Zambezia from early on, and I waited for a director, who turned out to be Wayne Thornley, to be attached to the project so I could send my music to pitch to him. Apparently I was one of 12 applicants, and Wayne chose me.
“It was my and Wayne’s first full feature so we walked a road together and discovered what we wanted as we went along. This process took two years! Wayne is the type of director who prefers to have examples shown to him to work from, so I would come up with an idea for a scene, play it for him, and he would give his comments and make suggestions and changes. Most of the time we agreed on the emotion that was required for the various scenes,” says Retief.
Khumba has been awarded TWICE at the International “Gold Panda” Awards! The film about a zebra from the Karoo who searches for his missing strips took home Best Overseas Animated Feature as well as the Grand Prize in a ceremony held in Chengdu, Sichuan, China on the 15th of November.
Triggerfish Celebrates Children’s Day
Triggerfish celebrated Children’s Day by inviting thirty young fans for a studio visit. The morning kicked off with a screening of the trailers for Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, then a couple behind-the-scenes videos with a clip showing the animators acting out some of the comedy scenes proving to be a real hit.
Riding on the success of their first two features, Adventures in Zambezia (Sony International Acquisitions) and Khumba (Millennium Entertainment), Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has secured funding for the first phase of development for what aims to be a 5-film slate. The company continues to explore additional financing options and the possible sale of a stake to a strategic partner. Two of the films announced to go into development include Here be Monsters and Seal Team (working titles).
“We have a number of exciting properties in the pipeline,” says head of development Anthony Silverston, “But we’re particularly excited by these two highly original and exciting high concept stories. And although both stories have an ocean setting, they couldn’t be more different!”
Khumba animators and artists were invited to this year’s Kunjanimation Animation Festival 2013, to share their experiences at the Triggerfish studio with students, industry professionals and the general public in Johannesburg. This is the 3rd edition of the SA animation festival.
After a week of business-related Kunjanimation seminars, the last day appropriately rounded the festival off on a creative note with inspiring art-related discussions and seminars as well as the highly-anticipated Kunjanimation Exhibition – all hosted and catered for at the WITS School of Arts. The line-up included two talks on the making of Khumba.