Over the festive season, Triggerfish had been presented with an exciting opportunity to work together with the Durban Art Gallery in a Digital Art Outreach programme.
Mdu, Tessa, Tom and Tumi, our Triggerfish team, were eager to enlighten the passionate learners of the Ntuzuma Township with an introductory course to Animation. The course provided the learners with the opportunity to participate in Texturing, Modelling, Sculpting and Animation – some of the combined specialities that a Studio like ours needs to bring about an animated feature production.
The excitement, passion and commitment shown by the learners had shown us just how eager they were to learn. The ability to share our knowledge with the Ntuzuma Township learners was a truly rewarding experience.
A very special thank you to Mdu for organizing this outreach and to Musa and Titus from the Durban Art Gallery for all their support, as well as the Ntuzuma Township, for giving our Triggerfish family, Tessa Comrie, Tumelo Selamolela, Tom Kleinenberg and Mdu Cwele this fantastic opportunity to spread the gift of knowledge.
Come listen to Triggerfish CEO, Stuart Forrest, speak at Stellenbosch University’s MIH Media Lab on the 5/11/12.
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Innovator to speak at MIH Media Lab
Partnering with Services SETA and CFC, Animation SA recently brought out Kevin Geiger – a world renowned consultant to major studios across the globe, including The Walt Disney Company and Dreamworks – to host a special 5-day conference held at Triggerfish animation studios in Cape Town.
The invaluable conference was offered free to members of Animation SA and was attended by over 50 members of the animation community from across the country. In addition to the many benefits of the conference itself, the event provided a wonderful opportunity to members of the local industry to network, discuss issues facing the industry and for companies from Joburg and Cape Town to mix in an informal setting.
Kevin is considered internationally as an authority on the Business of Animation. He specializes in Pipeline Efficiency and Budget Management and offers invaluable advice on a project for project basis.
Kevin Geiger has over 15 years of technical, artistic and organizational experience in the animation and special effects industry, including 12 years with Walt Disney Feature Animation and Cal Arts. Mr. Geiger has supervised and consulted on successful animated feature film productions with budgets of more than $100 million USD to less than $10 million USD, and is a highly-regarded expert on production pipelines and workflow efficiencies.
Currently resident in mainland China, Kevin Geiger is the acting President & CEO of Magic Dumpling (Beijing) International Cultural Media Corporation Ltd., an original entertainment content development company. Kevin also serves as Chairman of the China Animation Business Association, and International Department Chairman of the Beijing Film Animation Association.
A huge thanks to Tim Argall, David Whitehouse and all the members of Animation SA who helped make the event possible.
A talented team of local performers came together to read through the script for Zambezia in preparation for the recording of the scratch track which will be used to create a rough animatic of the entire film. The experience of the performers and the spontaneity that the group dynamic brought has already brought new depth and humour to the film and even taken us in some new and surprising directions with characters that came alive through the reading.
Nik Rabinowitz and Zolani Mahola returned after working together with us previously on the Khumba promo. They were joined by director of Nik’s shows and actor/comedian in his own right Brent Palmer, as well as established theatre and film actors Tshamano Sebe and Sizwe Msutu. The recordings took place at Media Village in Kalk Bay, and even though characters may be replaced by different performers once a full casting has taken place, they will form the basis of all future performances as well as timing of the animatic.